Supreme Court of Kentucky to hear arguments about death penalty Sept. 19 in Somerset

FRANKFORT, Ky., Sept. 10, 2019 – The Kentucky Supreme Court today announced that oral arguments will be heard in Somerset Kentucky on September 19, 2019.  The Supreme Court session will be held Thursday, September 19th, in The Center for Rural Development Auditorium.

The Justices will travel to Somerset Kentucky for oral argument in a continuing effort to increase public awareness and understanding of the Court’s function and of the legal matters which come before it.  All Supreme Court sessions are open to the public.

The public may also observe oral arguments via TV or livestream. The Supreme Court has partnered with KET to broadcast the proceedings on KY KET, KET’s KY Channel, which is available in most of the state. KET will also livestream the proceedings. To view arguments later, visit the Supreme Court section of KET’s website.

Thursday, September 19th, 2019, docket is as follows:

10:00 a.m.
Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Travis M. Bredhold, 2017-SC-0436-TG,
Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Efrain Diaz, Jr., 2017-SC-0536-TG and
Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Justin Smith, 2017-SC-0537-TG
“Capital Punishment.  Eighth Amendment.  Imposition of the death penalty on those 18 to 21 years of age.”
Fayette Circuit Court, Judge Ernesto Scorsone
Attorneys for Appellant:  Andy Beshear and Matthew R. Krygiel
Attorneys for Appellee Bredhold:  Timothy G. Arnold, Emily Holt Rhorer and Brandon Neil Jewell
Attorney for Appellee Diaz:  Timothy G. Arnold
Attorneys for Appellee Smith:  Brandon Neil Jewell and Kim Angela Green

The public is invited to attend the oral argument session. Following the argument, the Justices will address questions from the audience.  Questions should not relate to the case just heard, or to other pending cases.

The state's court of last resort traditionally meets in the Capitol Building in Frankfort.  The appearance in Somerset Kentucky is part of an ongoing public education program begun in 1985 when the Court traveled to Louisville to hear oral arguments, the first time a state Supreme Court session was ever held outside Frankfort.  Since that time, sessions have been held in locations across the state.  Further questions may be addressed to Susan Stokley Clary, Supreme Court Administrator, at (502) 564-5444.