Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Two Special Justices to the Supreme Court of Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 24, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Today, Governor Ernie Fletcher appointed two Special Justices to the Supreme Court of Kentucky.  Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette, Chief Circuit Judge of the Pulaski, Lincoln and Rockcastle Circuit Court, and the Honorable Ronald L. Green of Lexington, will sit with the Supreme Court in the case of Ernie Fletcher, in his official capacity v. Gregory D. Stumbo, in his official capacity, No. 2005-SC-001009.

Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette practiced law from 1989 to 2004, representing local media outlets, hospital organizations and individuals in state and federal court. In 1993, he was elected Rockcastle County Attorney, where he served for 10 years. During his tenure, Judge Burdette served on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky County Attorneys Association, the statewide organization of Kentucky’s county prosecutors.  Judge Burdette is a graduate of Cumberland College in Williamsburg and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. He is a member of the Lincoln, Pulaski and Rockcastle Bar Associations, the Kentucky Bar Association, and is a Kentucky Bar Foundation Life Fellow.

Ronald L. Green, of Lexington, is a graduate of Murray State University and the University of Kentucky College of Law. His appointment follows an outstanding 25-year practice in state and federal courts. Green is an “AV” rated lawyer by the nation’s preeminent rating group, Martindale-Hubbell. An “AV” rating means that the “lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.” Green practices with the firm of Boehl, Stopher & Graves. He is a member of the Kentucky and American Bar Associations.

The appointments of these Special Justices were handled by Edwin Orange, the director of Boards and Commissions for the Office of the Governor. According to Orange, “these two gentlemen represent the finest traditions of legal service, and their devotion to fair application of the law is beyond reproach.”

Under Section 110 of Kentucky’s Constitution, “[i]f as many as two Justices decline or are unable to sit in the trial of any cause, the Chief Justice shall certify that fact to the Governor, who shall appoint to try the particular cause a sufficient number of Justices to constitute a full court for the trial of the cause.” 

Oral arguments in this matter are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on March 16 in the chambers of the Supreme Court of Kentucky at the Frankfort State Capitol.