Newspaper Probe Finds ‘Legal Paralysis’ in KY Court Delays

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An investigation of courts by the Louisville Courier-Journal concludes, “The justice Kentuckians get depends greatly on the county where the crime is committed.”

The paper said its eight-month probe revealed:

–More than 2,000 indictments statewide have been pending for more than three years.

–In one county alone, more than 600 cases have been dismissed for lack of prosecution during the past eight years.

–Another county is bogged down in “legal paralysis,” with hundreds and hundreds of cases backlogged over the past 20 years.

–In one three-county circuit, more than 250 cases sat for years without being presented to a grand jury.


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