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3 names submitted for vacated justice seat

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear has 60 days to select a new Kentucky Supreme Court justice from three names provided by a judicial nominating commission on Tuesday.

The new justice will fill the seat left vacant by former Chief Justice Joseph E. Lambert of Rockcastle County, who retired last month.

The names of the three attorneys submitted to Beshear by the Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr., are Robert W. Dyche III of London, Eddie C. Lovelace of Albany and Daniel J. Venters of Somerset.

Dyche is a former Kentucky Court of Appeals judge. Lovelace has been a circuit judge since 1992, and Venters is a former circuit court and district court judge.

Jamie Ball, a spokeswoman for the state Administrative Office of the Courts, said Beshear's choice will serve until votes are certified in a Nov. 4 election.

The Nov. 4 election will determine who will serve out the remainder of Lambert's term, which runs through 2010, she said.

Ball added that whoever wants to run in the November election has until Aug. 12 to file with Secretary of State Trey Grayson's office.

The new justice will represent the 3rd Supreme Court District, made up of Adair, Bell, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Estill, Garrard, Green, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Lincoln, Marion, McCreary, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nelson, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Washington, Wayne and Whitley counties.

The Supreme Court is the state's highest court.