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U.S. Supreme Court: Defendant Did Not “Open the Door” for a Confrontation Clause Violation
The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees defendants the right to confront witnesses against them. On January 20, 2022, the United States Supreme Court held, in an 8-1 opinion in Hemphill v. New York, that the defendant, Darrell Hemphill, did not “open the door” to a violation of this right through his defense […]
Kentucky Supreme Court Enters New COVID-19 Order
On July 27, 2020, the Kentucky Supreme Court entered another order seeking to ensure the public’s access to the courts while trying to maintain appropriate safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. It sets requirements for petit and grand juries, as well as criminal show cause dockets. Notably, it states that evictions may proceed, subject to […]
Kentucky Legislature Increases Surviving Spouse/Child Probate Exemption
By Donald M. Wakefield During the 2020 Regular Session, the Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 307, which was signed into law on March 17, 2020 and will take effect on July 15, 2020. HB 307 expands the surviving spouse’s exemption from $15,000 to $30,000. If a decedent has no surviving spouse, then this exemption […]