In Memoriam: Judge Edward Johnstone, Federal District Court Judge Dies at age 91


Edward Huggins Johnstone (April 26, 1922 – June 26, 2013)
Credit Larry Spitzer/Courier Journal /

From the Courier-Journal:

Judge Edward H. Johnstone, Kentucky prison reformer, dies at 91
Kentucky prison reformer known for humanity
Written by Andrew Wolfson

Edward H. Johnstone, the beloved federal judge renowned for reforming Kentucky’s prisons and bringing humanity and compassion to his court in 30 years on the bench, died Wednesday. He was 91.

Vanessa Armstrong, chief clerk for U.S. District for the Western District of Kentucky, confirmed Johnstone’s death. His son, Frazier Johnstone, said he died in Louisville at the Forum, where he lived with his wife, Kay.

“Ed Johnstone set the standard for what the trial judge should be,” said Philip Shepherd, his former law clerk who was later Natural Resources secretary and is now a Franklin Circuit Court judge. “He had a tremendous work ethic and a passion for doing the right thing.”

From Center for Judicial Studies, Duke Law

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