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Report: Ky Judge died in fungal meningitis outbreak

by Joe Arnold


Posted on October 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 4:41 PM

(WHAS Political Blog) -- The September 17 death of a Kentucky judge is likely tied to a national outbreak of fungal meningitis, according to a report in The Tennesean on Friday.

 In July and August, (Kentucky Circuit Court Judge Eddie C.) Lovelace received three rounds of the pain-relieving steroid injections suspected of causing the outbreak of the rare disease, Joyce Lovelace, his wife of 55 years, said.

Representatives from Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center, where he received the injections, called Joyce Lovelace twice after his death to discuss his condition, but did not mention the outbreak, she said.

The judicial vacancy created by Lovelace's death has sparked speculation that Senate President David WIlliams will be appointed to the position. 

After a WHAS11 report on Thursday that Williams had briefed Republican leaders of his interest in the judgeship, a Williams spokeswoman confirmed the Burkesville native "will consider" an offer if extended by Governor Steve Beshear.

Beshear named a nominating commission on Thursday which will name finalists for the judgeship.  The governor chooses the judge from the finalists.

The eventual appointee will serve the remaining two years on Lovelace's term.