Update: Prosecutor’s Electioneering Push to Former Grand Jurors Doesn’t Pan Out

Kenton County prosecutor Rob Sanders’ tactic of using quasi-official stationery — complete with the seal of Kentucky — to send former grand jurors an endorsement of his assistant in a circuit court judge’s race didn’t pan out. Sanders’ assistant, James Redwine, received only 41 percent of the vote for the vacant 1st Division Circuit Court judgeship in Kentucky’s third most-populous county. Donning the robe will be Kathleen Lape, a private practitioner who had scored the highest in a September poll of the Northern Kentucky Bar Association. She drew 59 percent of the vote. As reported by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting in May, the one-page “Dear Grand Juror” letter was mailed before the May 20 primary to more than 500 people who had served on Kenton County grand juries.