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Mayor Orders Flags Lowered After Death of Ky. Supreme Court Justice

Friday August 24, 2007

Mayor Jerry Abramson today ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on all Louisville Metro Government buildings and properties to honor former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice William McAnulty. McAnulty died last night after fighting lung cancer that spread to his brain.

“Those who knew Justice McAnulty will remember him as a razor-sharp wit with a passion for public service,” said Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson. “But Justice McAnulty also leaves a distinguished legacy of thoughtful decisions from his years on the bench that will continue to influence our courts. We have lost a man devoted to the pursuit of justice, and we have lost a good friend.”

McAnulty was the first African-American to serve on Kentucky’s Supreme Court, representing the 4th District (Jefferson County). Governor Ernie Fletcher appointed McAnulty to fill a vacancy created when Justice Martin Johnstone retired in June 2006, and then he was elected to the Court the following November. McAnulty resigned his position earlier this month. During his 30-plus year career, he served at every level of the state court system.