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Governor Beshear orders flags to half-staff in honor of Judge John Heyburn II

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 07, 2015  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff Friday, May 8, in honor of Senior U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn II, who passed away last week after a battle with liver cancer.

“For three decades, Judge Heyburn served as a fair, progressive and sound voice on the federal bench,” said Gov. Beshear. “His legacy will stand out in Kentucky’s judicial history, and we are all in debt to his many years of public service. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time of mourning.”

A memorial service for Judge Heyburn will be held May 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church in Louisville. Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.

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