Friday, March 18, 2011
EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...3-19-'11
- Lisa Gilliam, the wife of 59 year old Larry Gilliam, a former well-known Laurel County attorney, has been indicted for his murder. Gilliam was found fatally shot in the chest in his London office on January 7th. Police said Lisa Gilliam was the only one there when it happened and was the one to make the 911 call. She was questioned by police, but they were waiting on autopsy results to determine the cause of death.
- House lawmakers are nearing agreement on a plan to fix the budget for the state’s Medicaid program. The proposal will be presented privately to rank-and-file lawmakers on Monday to gauge support before being presented to the Appropriations and Revenue Committee. Details of the plan won’t be released before it is presented to lawmakers, but Republican Leader Jeff Hoover says it will include no cuts in education spending to free up money for Medicaid.
- An federal lawsuit has been filed that shows an eastern Kentucky judge has been under investigation for possible misconduct. An attorney for Judge Russell D. Alred filed a federal lawsuit Thursday asking for an injunction barring the Judicial Conduct Commission from continuing a case against the Harlan judge. The lawsuit alleges the commission intends to remove Alred from office. The lawsuit does not list the allegations, and the commission has not disclosed them. The lawsuit confirms that Alred has been under scrutiny by the conduct commission for months.
- Attorney Patrick Nash of Lexington says Croatian-born 52-year-old Azra Basic (BOSH) will fight efforts to take her from Kentucky to Bosnia to face charges she committed war crimes after the breakup of Yugoslavia. Basic was ordered held without bond Thursday pending a status hearing, but Nash says he plans to request bail. A complaint filed Tuesday in federal court accuses Basic of committing crimes at three camps near the majority-Serbian settlement of Cardak in Derventa. Authorities say that as a soldier in the Croatian army, she killed a prisoner and tortured others.
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