Kentucky AG race heats up after lawsuit seeks to remove Kentucky AG candidate from ballot
A lawsuit is alleging the Republican nominee for Kentucky attorney general has not been a practicing attorney long enough to serve.
The suit filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court by Joseph L. Jackson of Louisville asks that Republican Daniel Cameron's name be removed from the ballot. The complaint says the state constitution requires eight years as a "practicing attorney." Cameron is running against Democrat Greg Stumbo.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the lawsuit says Cameron spent two years as a clerk for a federal judge and couldn't practice while serving. He was admitted to the bar in 2011.
In a statement, Cameron referenced a 1995 court decision in favor of Democratic attorney general candidate Ben Chandler that said it was sufficient that he had been admitted to the bar nine years earlier. Cameron said Jackson's lawsuit was orchestrated by Stumbo.
Here is Daniel Cameron's full statement:
Stumbo responded to Cameron's statement by saying.
Greg Stumbo, democratic candidate says to him it is simple.
"If he has only had a license eight years come October and by law couldn't practice for two years. The math is pretty clear he falls short of the constitutional requirements."
Josh Douglas, professor of law at the University of Kentucky, says when he heard about the case he did some research.
"My reaction is I think it is a pretty week legal case that there is nothing that I can find in the state constitutional provision that or the interpretation of it that would suggest clerking for a federal judge would not count as part of one's legal practice."
As of now, Greg Stumbo and Daniel Cameron will face off in the general election on Tuesday, November 5th.