Kentucky Supreme Court Decisions 2014

Sluss v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Numbers: 2011-SC-000318-MR, 2013-SC-000258-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of murder, assault in the first degree, two counts of assault in the fourth degree, driving under the influence of intoxicants, and tampering with physical evidence. Appellant...

Pearce v. Univ. of Louisville  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Numbers: 2011-SC-000756-DG, 2012-SC-000104-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in these two cases was the applicable scope of Ky. Rev. Stat. 15.520, which sets forth specific procedural rights for police officers who are accused of misconduct and face the disciplinary processes administrat...

HELENA WEATHERSPOON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000432-MR
Crabtree v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000591-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of sixty-seven counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. The convictions arose from the discovery upon a forensic examination of partially down...

Virgin Mobile U.S.A., L.P. v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Numbers: 2012-SC-000621-DG, 2012-SC-000626-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Virgin Mobile USA (Virgin) began doing business in Kentucky as a commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) provider in 2002. In 2006, Virgin asked the Commercial Mobile Radio Emergency Service Telecommunications Board (the...

US Bank Home Mortgage v. Schrecker  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000665-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: Andrea Schrecker was injured when she crossed a street where there was no crosswalk and was struck by a car. Schrecker had decided to skip her lunch break due to an absence of a co-employee that day and was going to get...

Branham v. Rock  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000707-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: After Peggy Branham was involved in an accident, she was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where she was examined and treated by several physicians (Physicians). Two and one half hours after arriv...

Toler v. Sud-Chemie, Inc.  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Numbers: 2013-SC-000002-DG, 2013-SC-000007-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Joseph Toler, who had been employed with Sud-Chemie, Inc. for approximately twenty-five years, was discharged after co-workers reported that Toler made racist comments in the workplace. Toler filed a complaint for defama...

Commonwealth v. Andrews  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000004-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor, second offense. Defendant was sentenced to a ten-year prison term and placed on supervised probation for a period of five years. While on pr...

Spears v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000140-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) any error in the admission of a state police...

Johnson v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000209-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of third-degree terroristic threatening, other firearm-related offenses, and of being a first-degree persistent felony offender. Appellant appealed, arguing, among other things...

Martin County Coal Co. v. Goble  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000230-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: William Goble suffered a work-related back injury and timely filed a claim and an amended claim asserting that he suffered a low-back injury and that he also suffered a psychological injury. An administrative law judge (...

SAMUEL STEVEN FIELDS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000231-TG
Your Cmty. Bank, Inc. v. Woodlawn Springs Homeowners Ass’n, Inc.  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000234-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, C. Barr and Joann Schuler subdivided their property, thereby creating the Woodlawn Springs Subdivision. Each phase of development was subject to a Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (Declarat...

HOPE RENEE WHITE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000321-MR
Inverultra, S.A. v. Hon. Steven A. Wilson  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000345-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: A New York Supreme Court awarded Inverultra, S.A., a Panamanian company, a $1.8 million judgment against three Honduran companies, including Parque Industrial Bufalo, S.A. de C.V. (ZIP Bufalo). Inverultra registered its...

Johnson v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000383-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In two separate incidents, Appellant’s dog, Franklin, attacked other dogs. In the second incident, Franklin attacked another dog while under the supervision of Appellant’s mother. The district court found Appellant was n...

ANTHONY BENJAMIN MOORE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000385-MR
TROY WADE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000410-MR
ANTONIO ELLISON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000518-MR
Basham v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000588-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. Appellant was sentenced to life without the possibility of probation or pa...

Johnson v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000665-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Appellant was convicted of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading police, and second-degree burglary. Appellant was sentenced to concurrent sentences. The Supreme Court (1) reversed Ap...

CHARLES STANFILL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000678-MR
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. RUSSELL W. BURGIN
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000689-KB
DANIEL C. STOVALL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000788-MR
St. Joseph Catholic Orphan Soc’y v. Hon. Brian C. Edwards  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000803-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, former members of the St. Joseph Catholic Orphan Society’s Board of Trustees, sued St. Joseph, challenging the validity of the Board’s action removing them from the Board and seeking reappointment to the Boar...

Macglashan v. ABS Lincs Ky., Inc.  
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000098-CL

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit in federal district court against her former employer, a hospital, alleging that she was terminated because she was preparing to report a medication error to an appropriate hospital regulatory author...

KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. BRIAN PATRICK CURTIS
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000400-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. RUSSELL W. BURGIN
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000480-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. D. STEVEN PARKS
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000482-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JOHN SCOTT BENTON
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000498-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. DANIEL EDWARD PRIDEMORE
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000559-KB
Bartley v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000219-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of second-degree manslaughter for killing her husband. Appellant was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment. Appellant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred by admitting...

RICHARD CRABTREE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000330-MR
CHRISTOPHER KOTERAS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000649-MR
Kircheimer v. Carrier  
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000716-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, several lot owners in Sandy Beach Subdivision, filed a petition for declaration of rights seeking a declaration that Sandy Beach Lane, a subdivision roadway, was a private roadway. Plaintiff also sought to en...

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. CHRISTOPHER FARMER
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000756-DG
JAMES SEABOLT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000069-MR
ROZELL DESHUN MARTIN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000071-MR
Tackett v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000208-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of two counts of first degree sexual abuse and three counts of first degree sodomy of two victims, Sarah and Nicholas. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) any error that occurred by the admiss...

JASON RUSSELL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000257-MR
SIDNEY WILLIAMS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000264-MR
JAMES PRIVETT, III V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000278-MR
Hughes v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000291-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of the second-degree rape of a twelve-year-old girl and sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. On appeal, Appellant argued, among other things,...

DWIGHT D. WISDOM, JR. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000380-MR
FOX KNOB COAL COMPANY, INC. V. MICHAEL C. GARRETT, ET AL.
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000390-WC
STEPHON SLONE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000446-MR
SCOTTSVILLE MANOR V. LORETTA BINION, ET AL.
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000514-WC
Wright v. Carroll  
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000528-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a personal injury action against Defendants after sustaining serious injuries in an automobile collision. In the first trial, the jury was instructed on the “sudden emergency” doctrine and returned a verd...

BILLY GREER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000622-MR
FORD MOTOR COMPANY V. JEFFREY GRANT, ET AL.
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000772-WC
SAMUEL DANIELS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000775-MR
SHEMEKO HOWARD V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000007-MR
EPI CORPORATION V. JENNIFER BOLING, ET AL.
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000037-WC
GONZALO SALAZAR V. DEPENDABLE ROOFING, INC., ET AL.
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000049-WC
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JOHN SCOTT BENTON
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000399-KB
CHARLES DAVID KEEN V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000410-KB
Gharad v. St. Claire Med. Ctr., Inc.  
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000470-I

Justia Opinion Summary: After Employer terminated an employment agreement with Employee, Employee sued for wrongful termination, seeking a declaration that a non-competition provision in the employment agreement was unenforceable. The trial cou...

ADRIENNE A. THAKUR V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000543-KB
Parker v. Commonwealth  
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2011-SC-000662-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was taken into custody after a warrantless search of his vehicle. Defendant was subsequently indicted for handgun- and drug-related offenses. The trial court granted Defendant’s motion to suppress the evidence...

Ky. Ininsured Employers’ Fund v. Hoskins  
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000008-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI) was the workers’ compensation carrier for Beacon Enterprises, Inc. at the time that Julian Hoskins was injured during the course of his employment with Four Star Transportation...

Darcy v. Commonwealth  
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000427-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Patrick Darcy and his codefendant, Randy McCleery, Jr., were separately indicted for crimes arising out of the burglary of a residence but were scheduled to be jointly tried. Twelve days before the scheduled trial date,...

Tibbs v. Circuit Court  
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000603-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Luvetta Goff died as a result of complications from elective surgery performed by Appellants at the University of Kentucky Hospital (UK Hospital). Goff’s estate filed a wrongful death and medical malpractice action again...

CHARLES DAVID KEEN V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000648-KB
THOMAS KESSINGER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000744-MR
Morgan v. Getter  
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000196-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: In this custody modification action involving former spouses, the trial court appointed a guardian ad litem (GAL) for the parties’ younger daughter, A.G., to investigate the situation and file a report summarizing his fi...

Hedgepath v. Commonwealth  
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000343-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of the murder and repeated sexual assault of his girlfriend. On appeal, Appellant argued, among other things, that the evidence against him, particularly the contents of his cell phone depicting h...

JACQUELINE WIDDIFIELD V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000663-MR
TERRILL GOODS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000734-MR
Spicer v. Commonwealth  
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000735-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of criminal attempt to commit murder and first-degree criminal assault. The Supreme Court (1) affirmed Appellant’s conviction and sentence for attempted murder and reversed...

BUSTER CHANDLER V. HONORABLE KAREN A. CONRAD, JUDGE, OLDHAM CIRCUIT COURT, ET AL.
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000771-MR
BOBBY JOE LEWELLEN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000786-MR
Boone Creek Props., LLC v. Bd. of Adjustment  
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000091-I

Justia Opinion Summary: The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Board of Adjustment (Board) filed a motion for a temporary injunction pursuant to Ky. R. Civ. P. 65.04 seeking to enjoin Boone Creek Properties, Inc. (Boone Creek) from opera...

KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JASON ROBERT GILBERT
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000138-KB
CLETUS MARICLE V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000411-KB
STEVEN O. THORNTON V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000457-KB
Furtula v. Univ. of Ky.  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2011-SC-000332-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants, former employees of the University of Kentucky, filed suit against the University alleging that, by rejecting their applications for disability status, the University breached a written contract consisting of...

Linden v. Griffin  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2011-SC-000422-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Defendants alleging fraud, defamation, abuse of process, breach of fiduciary duty, and other claims. Plaintiff also requested declaratory judgment, accounting, and injunctive relief. Pursuant...

Mills v. Dep’t of Corr. Offender Info. Servs.  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2011-SC-000755-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to several offenses, including manufacturing methamphetamine while in possession of a firearm and being a first-degree persistent felony offender, and received a maximum sentence of twenty years’...

St. Clair v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2011-SC-000774-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed the conviction but remanded for a new sentencing trial. After a retrial, the jury again returned a death-pe...

Henderson v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000120-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury convicted Appellant of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon Appellant entered a conditional guilty plea to various other charges. On appeal, Appellant challenged the trial court’s exclusion of prior-...

MANDY BAUER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000241-MR
Gaither v. Justice & Pub. Safety Cabinet  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000324-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Lebron Gaither was eighteen years old when he began working as a confidential informant for the Kentucky State Police (KSP). Lebron was tortured and killed while working as a confidential informant. Gaither’s Estate file...

SYLVESTER CLAY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000421-MR
Wilson v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000474-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of one count of burglary, three counts of theft by unlawful taking of a firearm, one count of theft by unlawful taking of property having a value of $500 or more, and of being...

JOHN D.T. BRADY V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000478-KB
Rumpel v. Skaggs  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000563-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: After a trial, the circuit court dissolved the marriage of Kaven Rumpel and Kathie Rumpel, restored to the parties their non-marital property, apportioned between them the marital debts and assets, and awarded Kathie mai...

Tibbs v. Circuit Court  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000603-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Luvetta Goff died as a result of complications from surgery performed by Appellants at the University of Kentucky Hospital. Goff’s estate filed an action against Appellants, alleging wrongful death and medical malpractic...

Virgin Mobile U.S.A., LP v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000621-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Virgin Mobile USA (Virgin) began doing business in Kentucky as a commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) provider in 2002. In July 2006, the General Assembly amended Ky. Rev. Stat. 65.7629(3), which required Virgin to col...

CUDDIE HOLBROOK V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Numbers: 2012-SC-000703-MR, 2012-SC-000704-MR
Caniff v. CSX Transp., Inc.  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000750-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was injured while working as a carman for CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT). Appellant sued CSXT under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), asserting that his injuries were, in part, the result of CSXT’s...

ALAN BRUNER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000785-MR
CHARLES S. LEE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000796-MR
AMY JERRINE MISCHLER V. HONORABLE LARRY THOMPSON, PIKE COUNTY FAMILY COURT JUDGE; DAVID DESKINS, PIKE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT CLERK; AND FRED HATFIELD, PIKE COUNTY TRIAL COMMISSIONER, AND JONAH LEE STEVENS
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000030-DG
Mischler v. Hon. Larry Thompson  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000030-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant and her former husband filed competing domestic violence petitions. Emergency protective orders (EPOs) were entered against each. Judge Larry Thompson recused from both cases, and Judge Julie Paxton was appoint...

Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Gov’t v. O’Shea’s-Baxter, LLC  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000085-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Flanagan’s Ale House applied for a retail liquor drink license to replace its restaurant drink license. The Louisville/Jefferson County Government (Louisville Metro) denied the application, relying on Ky. Rev. Stat. 241....

Boyd v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000146-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of burglary in the first degree, assault in the fourth degree, and for being a persistent felony offender in the first degree. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the tria...

CHRISTOPHER BRYANT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000204-MR
WILLIE DALE FAIN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000236-MR
Watts v. Danville Housing Auth.  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000346-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant represented Claimant in a workers’ compensation case. The Chief Administrative Law Judge (CALJ) entered an interlocutory order, which resulted in Claimant receiving temporary total occupational disability benef...

KEVIN WAYNE JOHNSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000361-MR
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. WILLIAM A. NISBET, IV
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000421-KB
BACILIO RUIZ GODINEZ V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000433-MR
DENZIL BURTON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000476-MR
KENOBI WILLS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000479-MR
Gaines v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000545-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pled guilty to charges of murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the shooting death of her husband, as well as several counts of forgery. Appellant was sentenced to t...

CHANCE D. KING V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000605-MR
ALLAN WIDDIFIELD V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000664-MR
INQUIRY COMMISSION V. JOHN GREENE ARNETT, JR.
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000192-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. MARK A. BRAMBLE
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000198-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. DANIEL EDWARD PRIDEMORE
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000218-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. WILLIAM KELLY FULMER, II
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000232-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. CABELL D. FRANCES, II
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000233-KB
JOHN E. DUTRA V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000258-KB
JAMES GRANT KING V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000259-KB
SETH JARAD JOHNSTON V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000288-KB
Hon. George W. Davis, III v. Hon. Thomas D. Wingate  
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000323-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Marc Rosen, a retired senior status special judge who sought to become a candidate for circuit judge in the 2014 election, filed a declaratory judgment action contesting the constitutionality of HB 427, a statute that pr...

Furtula v. Univ. of Ky.  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2011-SC-000332-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants, two employees of the University of Kentucky, sued the University, claiming that the University breached contractual obligations to provide them with benefits under a long-term disability compensation program...

JOHN MILLS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY AND COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. JOHN MILLS
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Numbers: 2011-SC-000541-MR, 2011-SC-000585-MR
United Brotherhood of Carpenters v. Birchwood Conservancy  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2011-SC-000659-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Some members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (Union), an unincorporated association of carpenters, volunteered to help build a barn for Birchwood Conservation Center, a non-profit organization, but failed to comp...

Commonwealth v. Goss  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2011-SC-000780-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee was indicted and convicted of two counts of identity theft. Appellee’s convictions arose from allegations that Appellee opened credit card accounts and obtained checks using her ex-husband’s name and that she fi...

JEFF MEADE, JR. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000063-MR
Klein v. Flanery  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000071-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The 2008-2010 biennial budget bill, enacted by the General Assembly, provided for the transfer to the State’s general fund of over $10 million from funds created within the Department of Housing, Buildings and Constructi...

Curd v. Ky. State Bd. of Licensure for Prof’l Eng’rs & Land Surveyors  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000165-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, a Kentucky-licensed land surveyor, testified as a trial expert on behalf of defendants in a quiet-title action in circuit court. The trial court eventually ruled in favor of the plaintiffs. Alleging that Appel...

Southworth v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000179-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life imprisonment. The Supreme Court reversed the conviction, holding (1) the evidence was sufficient to deny Appellant’s motion for a di...

Sevier v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000238-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendants were convicted in a joint trial of several drug-related crimes. The Supreme Court consolidated Defendants’ appeals and affirmed all convictions for both Defendants with the exception of Def...

Delphi Auto. Sys., Inc. v. Capital Cmty.  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000249-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Certified Tool and Manufacturing Corporation purchased a Komatsu press and agreed in a “lease” to pay Capital Community Economic/Industrial Development Corporation monthly payments for the press. Certified Tool later obt...

Mark D. Dean, P.S.C. v. Commonwealth Bank & Trust Co.  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000267-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: A Law Firm had an escrow account with a Bank and authorized an employee to sign checks on the account by herself. The employee began embezzling money from the Firm’s various escrow accounts by engaging in a scheme called...

Edmonds v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000395-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree sodomy, intimidating a participant in the legal process, second-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree terroristic threatening, and being a persistent felony offen...

Commonwealth v. Lemons  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000431-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Appellant stabbed and killed Cory Kessnick. Appellant filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that he was entitled to immunity under Ky. Rev. Stat. 503.085, which provides immunity from criminal prosecution to person...

MV Transp., Inc. v. Allgeier  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000462-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Barbara Allgeier sustained serious injuries as a passenger on a bus operated by MV Transportation, Inc. Allgeier filed suit against MV, alleging that her injury was caused by the bus driver’s negligence for which MV was...

NICHOLAS LEE SIMPSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000605-MR
Commonwealth v. Lawson  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000614-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellee was found guilty of second-degree arson, second-degree burglary, and of being a first-degree persistent felony offender. The trial court erred in its peremptory strike allocation during voir...

Commonwealth, Ky. Bd. of Nursing v. Sullivan Univ. Sys., Inc.  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000622-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, the Kentucky Board of Nursing placed the Sullivan University System’s (Spencerian) Applied Science in Nursing (ADN) program on probationary status. Spencerian filed suit, alleging that the Board’s decision was e...

CHRISTOPHER ANTONIO JOHNSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000650-MR
Creech, Inc. v. Brown  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000651-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: After Donald Brown had worked for Charles T. Creech, Inc. for more than sixteen years, Creech asked Brown to sign an agreement that contained a non-compete provision. Brown signed the agreement. After Brown went to work...

BETTI KERN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000695-MR
KEITH A. MCCAIN, JR. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000696-MR
KEWAN HACKETT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000773-MR
ANTHONY OWENS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000790-MR
Hanik v. Christopher & Banks, Inc.  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000791-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant worked for Christopher & Banks, a retail clothing store, when she slipped and fell while walking around her car, which was parked in the employee parking lot. Christopher & Banks subsequently denied Appellant’s...

Plaintiff v. Defendant
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000021-MR
Bullitt Fiscal Court v. Bullitt County Bd. of Health  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000023-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, the Bullitt County Board of Health enacted a Regulation that prohibited tobacco smoke in all enclosed public places, among other places, and placed additional restrictions regarding tobacco use on smoking-regula...

Biederman v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000034-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of the use of a weapon of mass destruction in the second degree for and attempted murder for installing a pipe bomb in a car. Appellant was sentenced to forty years in prison....

DERRICK D. JAMES V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY AND JORDAN YOUNG V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Numbers: 2013-SC-000072-MR, 2013-SC-000128-MR
JJ'S SMOKE SHOP, INC. V. MARY J. WALKER, ETC., ET AL.
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000114-WC
Rawls v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000129-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine while in possession of a firearm, of being a convicted felon in possession of a hand gun, and possession of marijuana. The trial court sente...

SETH WALLEN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000145-MR
TRAVIS D. CRAYTON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000266-MR
BRIAN WILLIS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000269-MR
ABDAL-AZEEZ JALAL HAKIM, ETC. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000376-MR
Webster v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000381-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter and of being a first-degree persistent felony offender. Appellant was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment enhanced to twenty years’ imprisonme...

RODNEY FOY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000388-MR
PHILLIP KARR V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000413-MR
Jefferson County Bd. of Educ. v. Hon. Brian C. Edwards  
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000444-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: A former teacher, Terum Hopper, filed a wrongful termination action against the Jefferson County Board of Education. The Board moved for summary judgment, arguing that Hopper’s tort claims were barred by governmental imm...

CARL LEE ADKINS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000460-MR
BRIAN T. JOHNSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000477-MR
ROBERT J. WADDELL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000499-MR
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. THOMAS E. ROBERTS
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000615-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. BRIAN PATRICK CURTIS
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000765-KB
INQUIRY COMMISSION V. CASSANDRA L. SCHMIDT
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000112-KB
JOHN W. MARKHAM V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000156-KB
JAMES K. MURPHY V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000157-KB
DONALD KYLE DESKINS V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000197-KB
RICHARD CLAYTON MASTERSON V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: June 19, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000257-KB
City of Lebanon v. Goodin  
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2011-SC-000468-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Lebanon sought to annex several hundred acres of nearby property. The owners of the property subject to the annexation, including Appellees, filed a lawsuit against the City to invalidate the annexation ordin...

Pannell v. Shannon  
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2011-SC-000587-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Ann Shannon was the sole member of a limited liability company (LLC). In 2004, Shannon signed a lease for commercial space with the property’s owner, Rick Pannell, on behalf of the LLC. In 2005, the LLC was administrativ...

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Bluegrass Powerboats  
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2011-SC-000668-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: James Taylor sued Chase Bank for failure to comply with the Uniform Commercial Code in regard to a check that had been returned for insufficient funds. The trial court concluded that there was an arbitration agreement be...

Mayse v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000015-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of one count of complicity to murder and one count of first-degree complicity to robbery. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment on the murder count and to twenty year...

Ramirez v. Nietzel  
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000131-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: After a prison disciplinary hearing, Appellant, a prisoner, was found guilty of committing physical action against another inmate resulting in death or serious physical injury. Appellant subsequently filed a declaration...

Southworth v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000179-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. On appeal, Appellant alleged, inter alia, that he was entitled to a directed verdict and that the trial court erred in...

KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. NANCY OLIVER ROBERTS
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000266-KB
RAY HACKER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000269-MR
Nichols v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co.  
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000317-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was severely injured in an automobile collision in Kentucky while driving a truck for Miller Pipeline Corporation. Appellant received workers’ compensation benefits and settled with the tortfeasor and then soug...

White v. Boards-Bey  
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000481-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee was an inmate when he was allegedly involved in a riot. During an interview with an investigating officer, Appellee requested that three witnesses be questioned who could corroborate his version of events, but t...

TONYA FORD V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000624-MR
Galloway v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000701-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of rape in the first degree, sodomy in the first degree, and assault in the fourth degree, third offense. The trial in this case was trifurcated. During the first phase, the jury convicted Appella...

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY, UNINSURED EMPLOYERS' FUND V. HOWARD RITCHIE, ET AL.
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000746-WC
GEOFFREY MILLER V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000104-KB
Foley v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000215-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in 1993, Appellant was found guilty of murdering two brothers, Rodney Vaughn and Lynn Vaughn. The trial court sentenced Appellant to death for both murders. In 2013, Appellant filed a motion for post-c...

JEFFREY SCOTT BROTHERS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000284-MR
RICKIE L. MOREHEAD V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000403-MR
WILLIAM GALLION V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000677-OA
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. THOMAS JOHN LEKSAN
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000710-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. GARY LYNN GOBLE
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000719-KB
RICHARD K. ROSE V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: March 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000057-KB
Dunlap v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2010-SC-000226-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pled guilty to several crimes, including capital murder. The circuit court sentenced Appellant to death for his six capital crimes and to life imprisonment for rape, kidnapping, and arson. The Supreme Court aff...

Trover v. Estate of Burton  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2011-SC-000565-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Judith Burton filed a complaint against Dr. Philip Trover, a radiologist, and the Trover Clinic Foundation (TCF), Dr. Trover’s employer, alleging (1) Dr. Trover misread CT scans of her lungs, thereby delaying the diagnos...

Meskimen v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2011-SC-000709-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter, tampering with physical evidence, alcohol intoxication, and criminal trespass. For his crimes, Appellant received a twenty-five-year prison sen...

Commonwealth v. Searight  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000007-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellee was convicted of possession of a controlled substance, fleeing or evading police, and being a persistent felony offender. The judgment was affirmed on appeal. Appellee subsequently filed a Ky...

Bell v. Bell  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000026-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce action between Michael and Mary Bell, the trial court set the amount of Michael’s monthly child-support obligation by deducting unreimbursed business expenses from Michael’s gross income rather than makin...

RELEASED: 10:00 A.M. 23. CHARLES MARTIN STOWERS, JR. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000100-MR
Vega v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000111-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant entered a conditional guilty plea to possession of a controlled substance and carrying a concealed deadly weapon. Appellant appealed the district court’s denial of his motion to suppress evidence seized upon hi...

R.S. v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000116-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: R.S., a teenaged child under eighteen years of age, engaged in an evening of “teenage shenanigans,” in which he and a group of contemporaries painted offenses messages on cars parked at a memorial service. Following hear...

JEFFREY JOHNSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000158-MR
GIOVANNI WRIGHT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000210-MR
AMY MOSLEY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000216-MR
Baptist Physicians Lexington, Inc. v. New Lexington Clinic, P.S.C.  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000242-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants, three physicians, were formerly employed by The New Lexington Clinic (“NLC”) but resigned to practice at a facility opened by Baptist Healthcare System Inc. through its subsidiary (collectively, “Baptist”). N...

Helphenstine v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000251-TG

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant’s charges in this case stemmed from a search of his residence by his parole officers and local sheriff’s deputies. Appellant entered a conditional guilty plea to manufacturing methamphetamine and being a second...

TIMMY LEE JACKSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000259-MR
Commonwealth v. Ayers  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000261-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee, an experienced criminal attorney, was indicted on five counts of failure to file Kentucky tax returns for the tax years 2002 through 2006. Appellee proceeded pro se until a day before the jury trial was schedul...

Yates v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000275-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a trial, Appellant was convicted of one count of first-degree rape and one count of first-degree sexual abuse for an incident involving his fourteen-year-old stepdaughter. The Supreme Court reversed, holding (1) in...

Cawl v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000279-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, Appellant entered an Alford plea to eleven counts of first-degree robbery and was sentenced to twenty-one years imprisonment. In 2008, Appellant filed a pro se motion to vacate his sentence pursuant to Ky. R. Cr...

Nichols v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co.  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000317-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was injured while working for Employer, which had an insurance policy issued by Zurich American Insurance Company. The policy included an underinsured motorist (UIM) endorsement. After settling with the tortfea...

TED WILLIS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000333-MR
Whitcomb v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000376-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, Appellant pled guilty to one count of theft by deception and was sentenced to a one-year term of imprisonment, probated for a period of five years. After Appellant failed to report to her probation officer, the...

Commonwealth v. Johnson  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000402-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee was the target of a drug investigation conducted by investigators from the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) and Operation UNITE, a task force receiving federal funds that investigates drug-related crimes....

Appalachian Racing, LLC v. Family Trust Found. of Ky.  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000414-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants in this case were the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, the Kentucky Department of Revenue, and eight horse Kentucky racing associations that wished to expand their businesses to include wagering upon historic...

Glenn v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000499-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing or evading the police, illegal possession of a controlled substance, and second-degree criminal mischief. The jury...

Bell v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000600-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Mary Bell was a disabled person who drew Social Security Insurance benefits and participated in a federally-funded, community-based program operated by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. When Thomas Bell, Mary’s...

Love v. Walker  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000602-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Lisa and Larry Walker filed a medical malpractice action against Dr. C. Lance Love, claiming medical negligence in connection with a thyroidectomy that Dr. Love had performed on Lisa. Three years later, Dr. Love moved fo...

Bratcher v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000627-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant entered a conditional guilty plea to manufacturing methamphetamine and second-degree persistent felony offender status. On appeal, Appellant argued that the trial court erred by denying his motion to suppress t...

EUGENE EMMANUEL BATES V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000645-MR
RELEASED: 10:00 A.M. 29. BETTI KERN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000695-MR
Mitchell v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000697-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of robbery, burglary, unlawful imprisonment, receiving stolen property, and being a persistent felony offender (PFO). Appellant was sentenced to thirty years’ imprisonment....

Coffey v. Wethington  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2012-SC-000721-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: After the mother (“Mother”) of two minor children died, Appellants, Mother’s nephew and his wife, were awarded emergency custody of the children. Appellants subsequently sought permanent custody of the children. The circ...

Mischler v. Pike County Family Court (Thompson)  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000030-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant and her former husband filed competing domestic violence petitions against each other. Emergency protective orders were entered against each. Shortly after entry of the orders, Judge Larry Thompson recused from...

CHRISTOPHER HILL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000049-MR
Morgan v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000070-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of robbery in the first degree and of being a persistent felony offender in the first degree for robbing a cashier clerk at a convenience store at knifepoint. The Supreme Co...

Prater v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000115-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant entered a guilty plea to manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, and promoting contraband. On appeal, Appellant argued that the trial court erred by not allowing him to...

Commonwealth v. Farmer  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000120-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: A grand jury indicted Appellee for one count of murder. Appellee moved to dismiss the indictment, contending that he was legally justified to act in self-defense and therefore immune from prosecution pursuant to Ky. Rev....

Cabinet for Health & Family Servs. v. K.H.  
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000127-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother stipulated that she abused or neglected her children, including thirteen-year-old Kenny. The family court committed Kenny to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and Kenny was placed in a therapeutic foster...

RODNEY JONES V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000175-MR
DAVID WILLIAM DOAN V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000561-KB
MITCHELL JACKSON V. HONORABLE C. SHEA NICKELL, JUDGE, COURT OF APPEALS, ET AL.
Date: February 20, 2014
Docket Number: 2013-SC-000748-OA
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