Louisville, KY – I just read in the Louisville Courier-Journal that serial murderer LARRY LAMONT WHITE was sentenced to death by a Jefferson County jury. This killer was convicted of raping 22 year-old Pamela Armstrong, mother of 5, and then shooting her twice in the back of her head.
Louisville police cold case unit was able to solve the case thanks to the re-examination of physical evidence which contained the defendant’s DNA.
GREAT WORK by Prosecutors Mark Baker and Andrew Beckmann of the Jefferson Commonwealths Attorneys Office. As well as the Louisville Metro Police Department Detectives.
I also was reminded in the same article in the Louisville Courier-Journal that executions of any condemned killers on Kentucky’s Death Row HAVE BEEN BARRED because a Franklin Circuit Judge named PHILLIP SHEPHERD has barred any executions until HE considers the constitutionality of the way Kentucky executes these killers.
HOW LONG HAS HE BEEN “CONSIDERING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY” OF HOW KENTUCKY EXECUTES THESE BRUTAL KILLERS?
IT’S ABOUT TIME FOR JUDGE PHILLIP SHEPHERD TO GIVE KENTUCKIANS AN ANSWER. OTHER STATES ARE MOVING AHEAD.
The Blackburn Correctional Complex, a minimum security Kentucky state prison located
off of Spurr Rd. near Masterson Station, is an incarceration facility that holds violent and nonviolent
offenders alike. It serves as a transitional prison in which inmates who are soon likely to
be released, or a prison where offenders on better behavior are kept.
The interns took yet another field-trip to this state penitentiary, finding it to contrast drastically
from the Fayette County Detention center visited earlier in the summer.
For one, the prison is minimum security. So minimum security, in fact, that the reformatory
doesn’t even maintain fences that could surround the property. The only thing that keeps the
criminals from a much desired escape, is the fear of getting caught and racking up more years to
a prolonged sentence. Estimated to us by our tour guide, an approximate 2-3 inmates attempt
escape every year. Some escapees even make it to the nearby neighborhood of Masterson
Station–a population largely made up of children and senior citizens–my grandmother, included.
However, I repeat that these are non-violent offenders, so not much trouble is stirred up on the
daily. Out of the 594 detainees, our tour guide recounted that only once in his 7 years working at
the correctional complex, did he have to break up a fight. The inmates are largely well behaved
in fear of being downgraded to a higher security holding.
The inmates exercise much freedom on a day to day basis. Being able to freely roam throughout
the prison grounds; as well as enjoy recreational, educational and vocational opportunities; it’s
almost as if the prisoners have obtained better options for having gone to jail in the first place.
Even being able to learn technical trades, such as carpentry and masonry, they get a higher
education for free!
Which is wonderful. It’s wonderful to give those born under difficult circumstances chances they
might not have otherwise received.
However, a serious problem made apparent to us as we toured, were the more-or-less
irresponsible financial allocations. We passed a newly cemented sidewalk that cut through a
grassy area: made so that the inmates wouldn’t be bothered to walk an extra 50 feet around the
area in order to reach their destination. Sidewalks that big and that long are expensive, and
frankly, unnecessary. It’s not a big area. Another disconcerting financial matter involved the recent construction of the gym’s flooring.
Modeled in the high-tech style of an MBA’s ideal gym, the prison had renovated the indoor
basketball court to fit that description for a mere 50,000 dollars. This renovation was spent on
repairing a gym that didn’t need repairs, when a building close to condemnation was left
untouched and still in use.
Such unjustifiable spending is thought all the more unaccountable when it’s taken under
consideration that those paying for the prison’s new, slightly bouncier basketball-court, are the
taxpayers. The taxpayers, you and I, are avoidably paying for prisoner luxuries–for their
recreation equipment, for their technical college education, for the individual television sets they
have set up next to their bunks–when so many of us cannot afford these indulgences, practical
and otherwise, for ourselves.
All that I can really say about the Blackburn Correctional Complex, is that it’s exactly where I
would like to go if I ever decided to break the law.
Someone suggested that the Public Defenders (DPA) is one of the fastest growing agencies in state government. Their numbers and sources of income seemed, they said, is growing and growing. I wonder, has evaluated the numbers to determine whether it is the fastest growing state agency?
One thing I do know is that DPA attorneys and their ally, the Kentucky Criminal Defense Lawyers, frequently dominate every hearing of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committees on matters pertaining to criminal law. And why shouldn’t they. There are a number of criminal defense attorneys on the Judiciary Committees in both the house and the Senate who seem to be a willing audience.
The Public Advocate and one or two other DPA attorneys can usually be seen around the Capital Annex whenever Legislative Committees are meeting. Some States have laws that impose express limits on what public defenders may do, especially when it comes to lobbying through their offices, but Kentucky has none.
My experience is that DPA attorneys routinely oppose any attempt to enforce the legal requirement that defendants WHO CAN AFFORD IT be required to pay at least some part of the cost of public defender representation. Guess who is responsible for enforcing that requirement. You guessed it, none other than the DPA. If Public Defenders are representing defendants who are not indigent then the Courts be be more vigilant in determining the ability of defendants to pay.
I wonder how to determine if the suggestion that DPA is the fastest growing agency in government is true?
Victims: Jacqueline Greene, Joe Norman, Joey Durham
On January 13, 1983 in Fayette County Leif Halvorsen, along with Mitchell Willoughby, executed a Jacqueline Green, Joe Norman, and Joey Durham. The teenage female and two male victims were killed inside a home they were remodeling. These killers shot the female eight times in the back of the head. They shot the younger male five times — in the back, testicles, right arm, left leg, and right temple. They shot the other male three times — in the back, in the chest, and in the back of his neck.
Leif Halvorsen was sentenced to death September 15, 1983.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass is celebrating its 20th year of helping children who are the victims of sexual abuse. In that 20 year. Many of Lexington outstanding citizen have served as members of the Board of Director’s of this outstanding organization.
Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass
Lifetime Board Members, Past Presidents & Current and Former Board Members – July 2014
Moved in to 2013
Lifetime Board Members
T. Bruce Bell
John W. Hampton
Jane Ann Salyer
Past Board Presidents
T. Bruce Bell
John W. Hampton
T. Bruce Simpson
Current Board Members
Cyndy Harbett Miller
Lou Anna Red Corn
Lt. Mario Russo
T. Bruce Simpson
Former Board Members
Anthany Beatty (Former Chief) (ex-officio)
Carolyn Carpenter (ex-officio)
Abelina (Abby) Corder
Lt. Thomas Curtsinger (ex-officio)
Lt. John Gensheimer (ex-officio)
James (Jim) Green
Billy Gatton Jones
Emilie Lee (ex-officio)
Dr. Deborah Stanley
Mary Lynn Houlihan is the Director of Victim Services for the Fayette Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Mary made a career change in 2002 leaving her position as a Financial Advisor for UBS to return to the university of Kentucky and obtain her bachelor and master degrees in social work. She gained her front line social work experience with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services where she specialized in the investigation of child fatalities and criminal abuse cases. Since joining the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in 2009, Mary has worked with various agencies to improve the criminal justice response to victims of violent crime and to develop programs to address new directions in the field of victim advocacy. Mary works with a variety of colleges and universities to provide supervision for students working to obtain their bachelors or masters in social work. Mary works with victims of all kinds of violent crimes but specializes in elder abuse and vehicular crimes.