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Kentucky: First Black on Supreme Court

Kentucky: First Black on Supreme Court
Published: August 16, 2006
William E. McAnulty Jr., left, was sworn in as the first black on the State Supreme Court. Gov. Ernie Fletcher appointed Judge McAnulty in June. Mr. McAnulty, 58, will serve until Dec. 31, when his predecessorís term expires, and he is campaigning for election to a full term.


First black justice appointed to state Supreme Court
Associated Press
FRANKFORT, Ky. - William E. McAnulty Jr. will become the first black to serve on the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced McAnulty's appointment on Wednesday to replace Justice Martin E. Johnstone, who is retiring at the end of the month.

McAnulty, of Louisville, currently serves on the Kentucky Court of Appeals. McAnulty will finish Johnstone's term and is running for a seat on the Supreme Court.

"For the majority of the last three decades, Judge McAnulty has tirelessly served the commonwealth, giving unselfishly of his time and abilities for the cause of justice," Fletcher said in a written statement released Wednesday. "He is the natural choice for this appointment, and it is well deserved."

Sara Combs, chief judge on the state Court of Appeals, praised Fletcher's choice.

"It is good to see Kentucky breaking ground ahead of many of our sister states in naming the first African-American to its highest court," she said in statement released by Fletcher's press office.

McAnulty, 58, of Louisville, will serve until Dec. 31, when Johnstone's term would have expired. However, he is currently campaigning for a full term on the high court against Jefferson County Circuit Judge Ann O'Malley Shake.

If Shake wins election, she would become only the third woman to serve on the state Supreme Court.

McAnulty finished first in the May primary election, receiving 36,198 votes, three percentage points ahead of Shake.

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