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The Louisville Metro Council remembers the life and work Justice William McAnulty

Friday August 24, 2007

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/526-3622
                 Stephen Haag: 574-1204/645-1752

Members of the Louisville Metro Council are remembering the late William McAnulty as a man who left his mark on the legal system not only in Jefferson County but the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

“We join with many others from around this community in remembering the life and work of Justice William McAnulty. He was truly a dedicated public servant and a tireless upholder of the law,” says Metro Council President Rick Blackwell (D) 12. “ I offer my sincere sympathy to his family and close friends.”

On December 28th, 2006, Justice McAnulty administered the oath of office to Mayor Jerry Abramson and Council members elected to office last year.

Here are some remembrances of his life and work:

“Justice McAnulty is and always will be a man I will look up to and respect not only for his great legal mind but also the humility and compassion he displayed as a public servant,” says Councilman David Tandy (D) 4. “He was a mentor to many and someone who will not be easily replaced or forgotten.”

“My heart goes out to this wonderful man's family,” said Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D) 2. “He stood tall in Jefferson County as a judge and it will be hard to fill his shoes.”

“Justice McAnulty was a genuine gift to this community,” says Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9. “A gift that showed us we are all to be treated equally and fairly under the law regardless of where we are in our lives.”

“Judge McAnulty was everyone’s ideal as a judge,” says Councilman Kelly Downard (R) 16. “He represented dignity, honor and fairness.”

“He will always be remembered as a kind, thoughtful individual, who had a great love for not only the law but this community and its people,” says Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3, “It is a loss for not only for our community but also the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Supreme Court. My thought and prayers are with his family.”

“My husband Matt and I have known Judge Mac for many years and have appreciated his years of experience,” says Councilwoman Vicki Welch (D) 13. “The McAnulty family is in our hearts and prayers.”

“The legal system has lost a dedicated man who truly served our community over the years,” says Majority Leader Jim King (D) 10. “He set an example that the law is what makes us a civilized society and justice is for all not just a selected few.”

“He was a gentle giant and a great friend to all who knew him,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5. “He truly represented the belief that justice is blind when it comes to race, color and creed. We will not see another one like him for many years to come.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.