Cunningham To Step Down From Kentucky Supreme Court

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PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham has announced that he will retire from the bench early next year.

News outlets report Cunningham, who is 74, announced on Thursday that his last day will be Feb. 1. He was first elected in 2006 to represent the First Supreme Court District, which encompasses 24 counties in western Kentucky.

Cunningham told The Paducah Sun that it was time to move on because “you stay too long and after a while you’ve seen too many tortured and battered children, too many dysfunctional families, too much crime, too much misery, too much human suffering.”

Before being elected to the Supreme Court, Cunningham was a circuit judge and a commonwealth’s attorney. He says he’d like to find a way to continue serving people in western Kentucky.