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Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Courts - "Assassinated judge gets portrait in Kentucky Capitol"
Roger Alford of the AP has this story today in the Louisville Courier Journal. From the interesting report:
FRANKFORT, KY. — A judge assassinated while serving on Kentucky’s highest court more than a century ago has been memorialized with a portrait in the Capitol.The report continues that a jury found Bulford not gulty by reason of insanity. He was ordered to a mental institution and:
Judge John Elliott was gunned down in Frankfort in 1879 by “a deranged man” angry about a ruling he had written for the Court of Appeals, then Kentucky’s highest court.
Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham said history records that Elliott, a Floyd County native, was walking from the former Capitol to the Capitol Hotel in downtown Frankfort when Thomas Buford stepped up with a loaded shotgun and fired. * * *
Cunningham said Elliott, walking alongside fellow Judge Thomas Hines, was shot just days after he wrote the opinion in Buford v. Guthrie, which dealt with the estate of Buford’s late sister, who had lost her property in a complicated land deal.
Cunningham said. “Not long after he arrived, Buford escaped from the mental institution and fled to Indiana. That state refused to recognize our extradition efforts since he had not been convicted.”
Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 4, 2013 09:33 AM
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