Chief Justice Sought Early Start for "Double Dipping" Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A newspaper report says Kentucky's Chief Justice pushed for an early start to a law that could penalize a campaign opponent of his wife.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville reported that Justice Joseph Lambert sent a letter to Governor Ernie Fletcher last month asking that the law be put into effect sooner.

The law would prohibit retired judges who return to the bench from collecting both pay and their pension.

Lambert's wife, Debra, is a family court judge seeking re-election. Her opponent, is former District Judge Walter Maguire.

The General Assembly delayed the start date of the law so it wouldn't apply to three retired judges running for office in November. One of them was Maguire.

But Fletcher used a line-item veto to delete the language that would have delayed the start date.

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