SCOKY Oral Arguments for April 14, 15 and 16, 2010

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010

9:00 a.m. BLACKSTONE MINING COMPANY V. TRAVELERS INSURANCE COMPANY
(2009-SC-15-DG)

"Assignment of proceeds from legal malpractice claim. Summary
Judgment.
The issues are: 1. whether Kentucky should allow parties to assign a
portion
of the proceeds from a legal malpractice claim; 2. whether the trial
court properly
grants summary judgment where the parties present conflicting evidence
as to
whether the assignment was an assignment of a legal malpractice claim
or an
assignment of a portion of the proceeds and who controls the
litigation, and
3. even if a party cannot assign a portion of the proceeds from the
claim, can
the party proceed with the malpractice litigation?"
Discretionary Review granted 6/17/2009
Pike Circuit Court, Judge Eddy Coleman
For Movant: Fredrick G. Irtz II
For Respondent: Ronald Sheffer and William Kenneth Burnham

Appellant's
Brief
Appellee's
Brief
Appellant's
Reply Brief

10:00 a.m. BOWLING V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY (2008-SC-901-MR)
"Death Penalty. Post conviction DNA testing-KRS 422.285."
Fayette Circuit Court, Judge Kimberly N. Bunnell
For Appellant: David Michael Barron and Jamesa J. Drake
For Appellee: James Daryl Havey and William Robert Long, Jr.

Appellant's
Brief
Appellee's
Brief
Appellant's
Reply Brief

11:00 a.m. COOMER V. CSX TRANSPORTATION, INC. (2008-SC-784-DG)
"FELA. Res Judicata. Issue Preclusion. Issues include whether FELA
claim
is barred by virtue of plaintiff's prior FELA claim against same
defendant where
different injuries and different mechanisms of injury are asserted."
Discretionary Review granted 4/15/2009
Perry Circuit Court, Judge William Engle III
For Movant: Alva A. Hollon, Jr., Thomas Ira Eckert and John Oaks
Hollon
For Respondent: Edward H. Stopher and Darryl S. Lavery

Appellant's
Brief
Appellee's
Brief
Appellant's
Reply Brief

THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010

9:00 a.m. SEXTON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY (2008-SC-731-DG)
"Tampering with Physical Evidence, First Degree Persistent Felony
Offender–12
years. Motion for Directed Verdict on Tamperings with Physical
Evidence. Prior
Bad Acts."
Discretionary Review granted 3/11/2009
Pulaski Circuit Court, Judge Jeffrey Thomas Burdette
For Movant: Samuel N. Potter
For Respondent: Todd Dryden Ferguson

Appellant's
Brief
Appellee's
Brief
Appellant's
Reply Brief

10:00 a.m. MACHNIAK V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY (2008-SC-352-DG),
(2009-SC-317-TG)
AND (2009-SC-342-TG)

"Criminal Law. Sentencing. Finality of Sentences. Double Jeopardy. At
issue
is plea agreement in which defendant agreed to increasing sentence if
probation
terms were violated."
Discretionary Review granted 4/15/2009
Letcher Circuit Court, Judge Samuel T. Wright III
For Movant: Joseph Brandon Pigg
For Respondent: Susan Roncarti Lenz

Appellant's
Brief
Appellee's
Brief
Appellant's
Reply Brief

11:00 a.m. KENTUCKY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS V. BROWN, ETC.
(2008-SC-326-DG) AND
KENTUCKY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS V. SIZEMORE (2008-SC-898-DG) AND
(CROSS-MOTION)
SIZEMORE V. KENTUCKY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS (2009-SC-174-DG)

"Kentucky Administrative Law. Disability Retirement. Issues include
whether
courts below improperly shifted burden of proof regarding
disability-retirement
applicant's alleged pre-existing condition and usurped the role of the
fact-finder;
and whether applicant's history of cigarette smoking constituted a
pre-existing
"condition" for purposes of KRS 61 .600(3)."
Discretionary Review granted 2/11/2009, 3/11/2009 and 5/13/2009
Franklin Circuit Court, Judges William L. Graham and Phillip J.
Shepherd
For Movant: Jennifer A. Jones, James Eric Wampler, Michael Todd
Butler, Katherine
I. Rupinen, Leigh Ann Jordan, Brian C. Thomas and Amy O'Nan Peabody
For Respondent Brown: Joseph Hubert Mattingly III
For Respondent Sizemore: Cordell Graham Martin and Arden Winter
Robertson Huff

Appellant's
Brief
Appellee's
Brief
Appellant's
Reply Brief
Appellant's
Brief
Appellee's
Brief
Appellant's
Reply Brief

FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010

9:00 a.m. FINN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY (2008-SC-749-DG)
"Criminal Law. Possession of Cocaine. Possession of Drug
Paraphernalia.
The issue is whether an amount of cocaine too small to be seen by the
naked
eye, detected on paraphernalia, is insufficient to support a
conviction for
possession of "any quantity" of cocaine pursuant to KRS 218A.1415(1)."
Discretionary Review granted 3/11/2009
Logan Circuit Court, Judge Tyler L. Gill
For Movant: Roy Alyette Durham II
For Respondent: Julie Scott Jernigan
(Note: Justice Scott is recused.)

Appellant's
Brief
Appellee's
Brief
Appellant's
Reply Brief

10:00 a.m. GAMBLE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY (2008-SC-669-DG)
"Criminal Law. Robbery, First-Degree. The issue is whether a
defendant's
written and verbal statements about having a gun, without brandishing
it or
pointing to unidentifiable bulges on the defendant's person
constitutes Robbery,
First-Degree."
Discretionary Review granted 5/13/2009
Fayette Circuit Court, Judge Sheila R. Isaac
For Movant: Linda Roberts Horsman
For Respondent: Jason Bradley Moore

Appellant's
Brief
Appellee's
Brief
Appellant's
Reply Brief

11:00 a.m. BASTON V. COUNTY OF KENTON, KENTUCKY, EX REL. KENTON
COUNTY AIRPORT
BOARD, ET AL. (2008-SC-319-DG)

"Eminent Domain. Compensation. Evidence. Issues include whether trial
court
properly admitted condemnee's evidence regarding change in fair market
value
of condemned property pursuant to KRS 416 .660(2), and whether
condemnee presented
sufficient evidence to permit jury to award compensation based upon
potential
industrial use of property."
Discretionary Review granted 6/17/2009
Boone Circuit Court, Judge Robert McGinnis
For Movant: Robert Wilson Carran, Alice Gailey Keys and Philip
Taliaferro III
For Respondent: Joseph L. Baker, Steven C. Martin and Debra S.
Pleatman

Appellant's
Brief
Appellee's
Brief
Appellant's
Reply Brief

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