Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Expresses Sadness at Passing of Justice William McAnulty

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 24, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Orders flags lowered to half-staff

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today expressed his sadness at the passing of Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. and has ordered flags at all state office buildings lowered to half-staff in his honor.

Governor Fletcher issued the following statement:

“I am truly saddened to learn of the passing of Justice William McAnulty. He was a great Kentuckian, and also a historic figure – the first African-American justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court. He distinguished himself throughout a long and exemplary career as a trial and appellate judge. During his recent illness, he continued to inspire all who knew him with his great courage and dignity. My and the First Lady’s prayers are with the McAnulty family.”

Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Justice McAnulty’s funeral, which has not yet been determined.

Individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute by lowering flags in honor of Justice McAnulty.

Flag status information is available at