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Ky. SC justice resigns, reportedly considering run for governor

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 5, 2015


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott resigned from the bench last week.

Scott served on the state’s high court for 10 years. He did not say why he was stepping down.

“Serving on Kentucky’s highest court has been a great honor, but the job restrains members from being involved in finding solutions to problems facing Kentucky and our people,” the justice said in a statement.


However, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported in November that Scott, a Republican, was mulling a run for governor in 2015.


He told the newspaper, at the time, he would decide by early January whether to join the race.


Those candidates interested in being on the 2015 primary election ballot have until 4 p.m. EST Jan. 27 to file with the Secretary of State’s Office. The election is May 19.


The offices of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, auditor, state treasurer and agriculture commissioner all are on this year’s ballot.


Scott was elected in 2004. He served as deputy chief justice from 2006 to 2010.


He served as a circuit judge from 1984 to 1988, and was elected second vice president of the Kentucky Circuit Judges Association in 1986.


Before serving the judiciary, he practiced law as a trial attorney from 1975 to 1980 and as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney for Pike County from 1981 to 1982.


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