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Fayette district judge chosen

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Tuesday a former assistant attorney general and state prosecutor to a district court vacancy in Fayette County.

Julie Muth Goodman, who worked under Beshear when he was attorney general in the 1980s, said she will take office after being sworn in later this month. She is also a former Fayette assistant commonwealth's attorney.

Goodman will fill the vacancy created by Judge David Hayse's retirement in June.

“I am absolutely honored,” Goodman said. “I think it is a privilege to serve the people of Fayette County. Everybody knows the district court is really the people's court.”

District court judges handle traffic tickets, misdemeanor charges, small claims lawsuits, juvenile cases and probate matters.

Goodman is currently in private practice. She was an attorney for the United States Equestrian Federation Inc. from 2004 to 2007.

The appointment will last until the November election, when voters will decide who will replace Hayse for the remainder of his term. The term expires in 2010.

The district court race will be wide open. Nine Lexington lawyers have registered with the secretary of state to be on the ballot, including Goodman.

The others are: George F. Allgeier, Kimberly Henderson Baird, Joe Barbieri, Keith Horn, Sally Manning, Joyce Merritt, Dan Miller and John Tackett.

Last week, Beshear appointed state Sen. Ernesto Scorsone of Lexington to replace retired Circuit Judge Sheila Isaac.

Nobody has filed to run against him in November. The deadline was Tuesday.