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Estate of Christina Witch v. Flick  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 2015-SC-000114-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Flick was convicted of the 2005 murder of Christina Wittich and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2008, Wittich’s Estate filed this wrongful-death action against Flick. Flick filed a motion to dismiss the compla...

Thiele v. Kentucky Growers Insurance Co.  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 2015-SC-000158-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In order for there to be a “collapse” under a homeowner's insurance policy, there must have been a “falling down or collapsing of a part of a building,” Wanda Thiele, the daughter of Hiram Campbell, moved into Campbell’...

Kentucky CATV Ass’n v. City of Florence  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Numbers: 2015-SC-000178-DG, 2015-SC-000181-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: A provision in the Multichannel Video Programming and Communications Services Tax (the Telecom Tax) prohibiting “every political subdivision of the state” from collecting franchise fees or taxes on franchises subject to...

Smith v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 2015-SC-000301-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed his convictions stemming from three separate robberies committed in downtown Louisville in January 2014. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the trial court did not err in declining to suppress App...

Rucker v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 2015-SC-000328-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case, reversible error occurred when the trial court allowed the Commonwealth to introduce sexually explicit social media exchanges Appellant had with other women after the victim’s death, and the errone...

Argotte v. Harrington  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 2015-SC-000465-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff’s acknowledgement that she would not present an expert witness to prove her informed consent claim was not fatal to her case and thus was not a proper basis for entry of a directed verdict. Plaintiff brought t...

Garrard County v. Middleton  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 2015-SC-000581-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The legislature has affirmed that a county jailer’s salary shall at least equal the prior year’s salary level in counties that do not operate a jail. Garrard County does not operate a jail. Before the 2010 election of G...

Sturgeon v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 2015-SC-000585-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed his conviction for the murder of his brother. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the trial court (1) did not abuse its discretion in failing to strike Juror 500 for cause because there was nothin...

Gaither v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 2015-SC-000609-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of kidnapping, first-degree manslaughter, tampering with physical evidence, and theft by unlawful taking. Upon Appellant’s motion for postconviction relief, the trial court set aside Appellant’s k...

Paducah Independent School District v. Putnam & Sons, LLC  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 2015-SC-000711-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In an effort to replace its aging middle school building, the Paducah Independent School District initiated condemnation proceedings against real property owned by Defendant. The property was officially taken after an aw...

D’ANDRE SWAIN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000036-MR
SHAUN HILES V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000127-MR
KentuckyOne Health, Inc. v. Reid  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000321-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Benjamin Reid, a licensed general surgeon, filed a complaint against KentuckyOne Health, Inc. (“Hospital”) alleging various claims arising from the Hospital’s review of Reid’s surgical privileges at the Hospital. The...

SIMEON MCKINNIE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000348-MR
STEVEN PETTWAY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000392-TG
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