Kentucky Supreme Court Decisions 2020

TIMOTHY NOLAN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000321-MR
Downs v. Commonwealth  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000402-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction for first-degree manslaughter, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and second-degree persistent felony offender and twenty-fiv...

Seiller Waterman, LLC v. RLB Properties, Ltd.  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2018-SC-000538-DG, 2018-SC-000558-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals that Ky. Rev. Stat. 413.245, the one-year statute of limitations applicable to the rendering of professional services, does not apply to claims against atto...

JULIUS CATLETT, JR. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000670-TG
Overstreet v. Mayberry  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-000041-TG, 2019-SC-000042-TG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Plaintiffs, eight members of the Kentucky Retirement System's (KRS) defined-benefit retirement plan, did not have standing to bring claims for alleged funding losses sustained by the KRS plan...

JEFFREY JONES V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000076-TG
DANIEL GENE PERDUE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000274-MR
JUSTIN BOWLIN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000309-MR
Greene v. Boyd  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000379-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over a modification of the parenting schedule for two minor children the Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals' decision finding that the family court's admission and reliance upon certain statement...

Lawson v. Woeste  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000670-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the family court denying Appellant's petition for a writ of prohibition to stay a child custody order entered by the circuit court pending her appeal, holding that the court of app...

ERIC SHANE GRINNELL V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000677-KB
CARROLL HUBBARD, JR. V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-000148-KB
Norton Healthcare, Inc. v. Disselkamp  
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2018-SC-000274-DG, 2019-SC-000102-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's judgment in favor of Defendant on Plaintiff's age-discrimination claim, holding that the trial court committed reversible error...

GENARO HERRERA HERNANDEZ V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000492-DG
BEN JESSIE WYATT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000580-MR
COREY COMMODORE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000617-MR
Carlisle v. Commonwealth  
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000680-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, holding that the trial court did not err in refusing to suppress ev...

ANTONIO SALLEE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000030-MR
MIRANDA MORRIS V. NAEGLE OUTDOOR ADVERTISING, ET AL.
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000224-WC
ANTWOIN WILLIAMS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000288-MR
Curry v. Commonwealth  
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000306-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for one count of murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, holding that the trial court did not err by failing to give the jury a no duty to...

BARBARA SMITH V. BLEDSOE COAL CO., ET AL.
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000319-WC
SOUTHWIRE CO/KY ROD & CABLE V. SHONDESE FRAZIER, ET AL.
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000429-WC
CHARLES LAMAR RICHARDSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000438-MR
CHRISTOPHER LUTIN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000442-MR
KUNGU NJUGUNA V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-000183-KB
Hauber v. Hauber  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2018-SC-000394-DG, 2019-SC-000154-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the opinion of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Plaintiffs' second action against Defendants, the trustees of their parents' trust, because a prior ac...

Mulazim v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2018-SC-000466-MR, 2018-SC-000471-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting and sentencing Defendants for several counts of first-degree robbery, tampering with physical evidence and of being first-degree persistent felony off...

JAMES M. SPAULDING V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000615-MR
Eversole v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000656-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's convictions for first-degree fleeing or evading, first-degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender, holding that the trial cour...

Zapata v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000666-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Appellant's motion to withdraw his guilty plea, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in refusing to allow Appellant to withdraw his...

Sneed v. University of Louisville Hospital  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000048-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's grant of summary judgment for Defendants - a hospital and various doctors and nurses - and dismissing Plaintiff's medical malpra...

Breazeale v. Kentucky  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000113-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Charlie, the one-year-old son of Breazeale's girlfriend Samantha, was not Breazeale’s son. When he and Charlie had strep, Breazeale babysat Charlie. Breazeale was the only person in the home with Charlie that day. The ne...

CODY BATES V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-000121-MR, 2019-SC-000141-MR
LARRY BRATCHER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000135-MR
DOMINIC HODGE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000159-MR
KEVIN IPINA-GARCIA V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000189-MR
Commonwealth v. Honorable Mary Shaw  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000218-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals denying the Commonwealth's petition for a writ of prohibition challenging the trial court's issuance of an order granting Defendant's request for an in came...

JOHN TABOR V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000233-MR
WILLIAM MATTINGLY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000242-MR
LEONARD BATES III V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000243-MR
JONATHAN L. SMITH V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-000046-KB
White v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000725-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After the United States Supreme Court vacated Defendant's sentence and remanded Defendant's case to the Supreme Court for reconsideration in light of Moore v. Texas, 137 S. Ct. 1039 (2017), the Supreme Court remanded thi...

Commonwealth v. Bredhold  
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2017-SC-000436-TG, 2017-SC-000536-TG, 2017-SC-000537-TG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the interlocutory orders of the trial court concluding that Defendants' individual psychological assessments provided further support for the exclusion of the death penalty as to Defendants ind...

Mostert v. Mostert Group, LLC  
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000600-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the trial court granting partial summary judgment in favor of Paul Mostert and partially dismissing The Mostert Group, LLC's (TMG)...

CURTIS SNELL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000219-MR
Roberts v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000249-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of murder and vacated her twenty-year sentence, holding that the trial court committed reversible error by failing to grant Defendant's motions for a mistrial and in ruli...

THOMAS D. JACOBS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000366-MR
SALEM NAGDY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000565-MR
SAM CORNETT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000658-MR
B.S.S. v. K.S.  
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000019-DE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals ruling that the family court abused its discretion by granting Father visitation with his child, holding that substantial evidence supported the family cour...

BRIAN CURTIS WOODS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000075-MR
WILLARD FLYNN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-000106-MR, 2019-SC-000150-TG
Layman v. Bohanon  
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000364-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing a portion of an order of the family court that modified the parties' timesharing arrangement and recalculated child support, holding that the cour...

THOMAS LEE PERRY V. LEAH NICOLE GOODWIN AND CAITLYN MANON CURNETT
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000474-DE
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JASON PIERCE MAC IAIN
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000643-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JASON NICHOLAS MARTIN
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000657-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. LISA M. WELLS
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-000012-KB
MAURY DAVID KOMMOR V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-000035-KB
DUWAN MASON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000044-MR
DAVID R. FINLEY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000175-MR
Jackson v. Estate of Gary Day  
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000297-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals' opinion affirming the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants and dismissing Plaintiffs' complaint based on this Court's holding in Gailor v. Alsabi...

MICHAEL TORRENCE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000322-MR
ELIJAH MESSER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000398-MR
Howard v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2018-SC-000468-MR, 2018-SC-000469-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sodomy, and related crimes, and sentencing Defendant to seventy years in prison, holding that t...

LEDBETTER WATER DISTRICT V. CRITTENDEN-LIVINGSTON WATER DISTRICT
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000494-DG
GLEN A. DAVIS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000535-MR
DAMONDRE WILLIAMS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000574-MR
GREGORY MILLER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000648-MR
GARY JOSHUA MILLS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-00328-MR
Williams v. Hawkins  
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000012-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court dismissing as untimely Tracie Williams' complaint against Katelin Hawkins as the administratrix of the estate of C...

Helton v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000024-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of five counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and five counts of distribution of matter portraying a s...

CLYDE ELLSWORTH CRAWFORD V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000033-MR
INGRID NADA HICKMAN V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000594-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. CASSIDY ANN TEATER
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000598-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. ROBERT ANDREW ROWLAND
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000614-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JAMES DOUGLAS MORY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000636-KB
AN UNNAMED ATTORNEY V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000639-KB
JOSEPH W. BOLIN V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000644-KB
JAMES CLAYTON HALL V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000658-KB
CHARLES H. DETERS, ET AL. V. JANE H. HERRICK, ET AL.
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000666-OA
ERIC SHANE GRINNELL V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000677-KB
HAROLD WAYNE ROBERTS V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000706-KB
DERWIN LAMONT WEBB V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000708-KB
ROBERT F. SMITH V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000713-KB
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