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The Kentucky Judiciary consists of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and various trial courts throughout the state. There are almost 12,000 lawyers practicing in Kentucky, although only a minority of Kentucky attorneys practice regularly in court. This is also true of most attorneys throughout the country.
The Organization of Americans for Legal Reform ranks Kentucky 13th in the nation for the integrity of its attorney discipline process. More favorable to clients than other states, Kentucky only requires a preponderance of the evidence standard for finding an attorney guilty of misconduct. This is the same evidentiary standard applied to civil cases in the United States.
Famous Supreme Court cases involving the establishment clause and the 1st amendment have involved Kentucky. The case of McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky forced a Kentucky court to remove a display of the Ten Commandments from the courthouse, citing the display as unconstitutional government entanglement with religion. That same year, ACLU v. Mercer County held that a display of various important documents, one of which was the Ten Commandments, was constitutional and could remain in the Mercer County courthouse. That case was decided in a Kentucky federal court and did not make it to the Supreme Court.
Kentucky is also unique in that prisoners convicted to death before 1998 can choose to be electrocuted rather than die by lethal injection. Kentucky is also one of three states allowing capital punishment in cases of kidnapping.
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Last Modified: 11-23-2009 11:44 AM PST