Castle : The Story of a Kentucky Prison
Presented by Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham
The facade of the Kentucky State Maximum Security Prison in Eddyville is almost as chilling as those who’ve been kept within its walls, says the late Southern author, John Egerton. Referred to as the ‘Castle On The Cumberland,’ over the years the imposing structure has served as both a beginning and an end for some the state’s most notorious criminals. Cunningham will take you behind locked doors, giving the audience an inside account of the murders, riots, escapes and stories that have made the prison a place of mystery and intrigue for over 100 years.
Justice Bill Cunningham was elected to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in November 2006 to serve the 1st Supreme Court District.
Before becoming a member of the state's highest court, Justice Cunningham served as a circuit court judge for 15 years. He was elected to the Circuit Court Bench in November 1991 to serve the 56th Judicial Circuit, which consists of Caldwell, Livingston, Lyon and Trigg counties. He was re-elected in 1999 and served as circuit judge until January 2007.
Justice Cunningham served the court system in several capacities before entering his judicial career. He was the Eddyville City Attorney from 1974 to 1991 and the Public Defender for the Kentucky State Penitentiary from 1974 to 1976. He served as Commonwealth's Attorney for the 56th Judicial District from 1976 to 1988. During his tenure in that position, he was voted the Outstanding Commonwealth Attorney of Kentucky by his peers. Justice Cunningham also served as a hearing officer for the Kentucky Board of Claims from 1981 to 1985 and as a trial commissioner for Lyon County District Court from 1989 to 1992.
Justice Cunningham earned his bachelor's degree from Murray State University in 1966 and his juris doctor in 1969 from the University Of Kentucky College Of Law. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam, Korea and Germany.
Cunningham has authored six books on regional history, which chronicle the struggles for justice in Western Kentucky since the Civil War.
September 8, 2016 | 7:00 pm | 2nd Floor meeting room
All programs are free and open to the public.
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