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  • Our trials have evolved

    The practice of trial by jury can be traced back to the year 1215, when King John of England signed the Magna Carter (with a sword to his throat), granting many freedoms, including a trial by jury of one’s peers.

    The jury trial existed before that, but jurors were hand picked by the king.

    Pre-existing forms of justice in England included trial by combat in the year 1086, where the winner was considered in the right. Participants could also hire someone to fight for them.

  • Shelby saves big money by avoiding trials

    When Phillip Seaton lost his case against his surgeon in Shelby County Circuit Court last summer, the decision was somewhat of a rarity: It was made by a jury.

    In the past five years, only 35 jury trials have been conducted in circuit and district courts in Shelby County, according to statistics provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts – an average of three to five trials per court system – with a peak of five in district court in 2007.

  • News briefs: Sept. 12, 2012

    Kentuckians remember

    attacks of Sept. 11, 2001

    Shelby County on Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of  the terrorist attacks from Sept. 11, 2001, had no formal memorial service, but state leaders moved to keep the assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon – which took nearly 3,000 lives – in the forefront.

    Gov. Steve Beshear asked all Kentuckians to lower flags.

  • EARLIER: Judges consider amputation case

    FRANKFORT –  The man who sued his surgeon and lost when he said the doctor had no right to amputate his penis has taken his case to the appealate system in a case that could have significant ramifications in medical procedure.

    Oral arguments were heard Tuesday at the Kentucky Court of Appeals in the case of Phillip Seaton, 65, of Waddy vs. his urologist, Dr. John Patterson of Frankfort.

  • No formal Sept. 11 observance this year

    Eleven years ago, Shelby County mourned with the nation when nearly 3,000 lives were snuffed out on American soil in an act of terrorism so heinous that people all over the nation vowed they would never forget it.

    Every year since then, Shelby County officials have held services to commemorate that terrible day of Sept. 11, 2001, a day that shook the nation to its core like no other single tragedy has ever done.

    But this year, there will be no services, no public commemoration of any kind, officials say.

  • Weather forces Open Door fundraiser indoors

    Because of the threat of severe weather tnoight, the location of Open Door of Hope's annual fundraiser,  "sleep in a box" set for tonight,  has been moved.

  • EARLIER: Local 911 services close to calling for help

    Shelby County, Shelbyville and Simpsonville governments are coming together in support of a statewide movement to help local E911 services.

    Simpsonville kicked off the wave of support with a resolution at Tuesday’s city commission meeting, and Shelbyville took up the cause at Thursday night’s city council meeting.

    The commissions, councils and courts are letting their support be known for a movement to make state legislators realize that funding for local E911 lines is struggling.

  • Bigger Simpsonville festival headlines active weekend

    This weekend promises to be a festivalgoer’s dream, with everything from greatly expanded Simpsonville Fall Festival to the Long Run Massacre re-enactment to several church festivals.

    From Simpsonville to Pleasureville, there will be hot air balloons, food everywhere, music of all kinds, kids’ games, pageants, 5-K runs, big breakfasts and sports, not to mention outdoor drama at the re-enactment.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court accepts health dept tax rate

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court accepted the property tax rate for the Shelby County Health Taxing District on Tuesday night that won’t change from this past fiscal year.

    The rate was set at 3.75 cents per $100 of assessed value and has not changed for several years, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said.

    Magistrate Bill Hedges made a motion to accept the rate, and Magistrate Allen Ruble seconded. The vote was unanimous decision. 

  • Small fixes to be made for big problem on I-64 ramp in Shelby

    Highway officials plan to take a step backward, so to speak, in order to make the Exit 32 eastbound entry ramp to Interstate 64 a little safer until construction to reconfigure it can begin in the spring.