Thursday, October 30, 2014

Judge blocks Kentucky law barring judge's party link

A federal judge has blocked a Kentucky law barring judicial candidates from disclosing their party affiliations to voters.

U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar Wednesday found that the rule violates the First Amendment to the constitution. Thapar's ruling comes less than a week before voters across the state will vote on state Supreme Court judges and other jurists down the ballot.

The state's canons of judicial ethics ban candidates from the bench from disclosing an affiliation with either party.