Kentucky Supreme Court

The newest justice on Kentucky's Supreme Court will formally be sworn in this week, giving the court a record three women on the bench at one time.

Justice Michelle Keller will take the oath Tuesday in the Capitol. The swearing in will take place at 11 a.m. and is open to the public.

Keller previously served on the state Court of Appeals, and Beshear appointed her to the 6th Supreme Court District in April.

There are seven justices on the Supreme Court. Never in state history have three of them been women.

Keller to be Formally Sworn In to State Supreme Court

May 13, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Michelle M. Keller is scheduled to be formally sworn in at a Capitol ceremony Tuesday morning.

Governor Beshear appointed Keller to the high court in April to fill the unexpired term of Justice Will Schroder who resigned in January due to health issues.

Keller had served as a Kentucky Court of Appeals judge for the past six years. With Keller's appointment, three of Kentucky's seven Supreme Court justices are now women.

Students must be informed of their legal rights - including the right to remain silent - before being questioned by school administrators working with police or school resource officers, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday in throwing out an incriminating statement in a drug case.

The ruling, issued by a deeply divided court, sets a bright-line rule for school officials pursuing both disciplinary action and possible criminal charges on school grounds.

The case centers on the arrest of a Nelson County student identified in court records only as N.C., who was charged with a drug offense after sharing prescription hydrocodone with a classmate at school.

Kentucky Supreme Court to Hear Case of Slain Informant

Dec 21, 2012

When LeBron Gaither was last seen alive, he had just gotten into a car in Taylorsville for a drug buy in July 1996, unaware that someone tipped off his dealer, Jason Noel, to his role as a police informant.

Police later found Gaither's body in Casey County. He had been tortured, stabbed, beaten, dragged and killed.

Now, the Kentucky Supreme Court is giving Gaither's mother, Virginia Gaither, a chance to argue why she should be compensated for her son's death. The high court on Thursday agreed to take up the family's case, but did not give a reason why in the single-line order. The case is likely to be heard sometime in 2013. Initial briefs are due from the plaintiffs in 60 days.

The Kentucky Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by a highway contractor who wants a bid-rigging statement he made to investigators nearly 30 years ago to remain secret. Earlier this year, the Kentucky Court of Appeals in a 2-1 ruling rejected an argument by contractor Leonard Lawson that his privacy would be invaded if the 1983 statement was released.

Murray State University has changed its policy for guns on campus to require everyone but uniformed personnel to leave weapons inside their cars. The move made last week came in the wake of a Kentucky Supreme Court decision in April saying the University of Kentucky improperly fired student from an on-campus job for having a gun in his car.

The Kentucky Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to a ruling that allows a reference to "Almighty God" in the state homeland security law.

Skeptical justices on the Kentucky Supreme Court are weighing claims by a death row inmate that a missing right frontal lobe of his brain played a role in his attack on a mother and children near Fort Campbell in 2008.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has issued a divided ruling related to Kentucky’s version of a “stand your ground” law. Those laws have been in the national spotlight recently following the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

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