Welcome

Thank you for visiting paducahsun.com, the online home of The Paducah Sun.

Calendar
June 2012
S M T W T F S
27 28 29 30 31 01 02

Click here to submit an event.

Forester was longtime federal judge

Associated Press

LEXINGTON - A federal judge in the eastern half of Kentucky for almost a quarter-century has died.

Karl Forester was 73. He died Saturday at his Lexington home.

Forester became a federal judge in 1988, overseeing cases in Pikeville and Lexington during his career on the bench.

While Forester handled a variety of matters, his most-high profile case stemmed from the litigation surrounding the 2006 crash of Comair Flight 5191 at Blue Grass Airport. Many of the suits brought by the families of the 49 people who were killed were settled without a trial.

Friends and colleagues told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Forester had been battling health problems recently, but still actively handled cases until recently.

"No matter who you were, no matter how intelligent, no matter how wealthy, Karl treated everyone equally," said U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell, chief judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. "I just thought he embodied what I thought a federal judge ought to be. He had a keen intellect, enhanced by common sense and a great wit."

Lexington attorney Mark Wohlander called Forester, a Harlan County native, one of the "finest country lawyers" ever to become a judge.

"You knew that whichever side of a case you were on, he was going to do the right thing, because that's the kind of man he was," Wohlander said

President Ronald Reagan appointed Forester to the bench in 1988. Forester took senior status in 2005, allowing him to handle a reduced case load.

Forester is survived by his wife, Tarasa; two children, William Todd Forester and Mary Beth Cutter; and four grandchildren.

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Your comment has been submitted for approval
captcha ded2b51f505341d0965792f65284c896
Top Classifieds
  • Tiny Schnauzer Pups,Paper-trained 270 ... Details
  • SEEING is believing! Don't b ... Details
  • CONCORD AREA MCHS - 3 miles ... Details
  • 2007 Taurus,92K mi, purchased in 2008 ... Details
  • Chevy Silverado Z71 2500 HD &apos ... Details
  • Lincoln Cartier 99' 160,690 ... Details

Most Popular
  1. Proposal, sale are miles apart
  2. Tax issues to consider in a divorce
  1. 20% of grads hit all ACT benchmarks
  2. Reader wishes his ex-wife would be civil after divorce
  3. Tax issues to consider in a divorce
  1. Proposal, sale are miles apart
  2. Tax issues to consider in a divorce
Discussion

Check out these recently discussed stories and voice your opinion...