Retired Justice Will T. Scott honored with unveiling of Capitol portrait

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - A retired Kentucky Supreme Court Justice was honored on Tuesday with the unveiling of his portrait that will hang on the second floor of the Capitol.


Justice Will T. Scott served on Kentucky’s high court from 2005 to 2015 when he resigned to run for governor. 


Scott attended Eastern Kentucky University for a year before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1966.  He eventually rose to the rank of 1st lieutenant and was awarded the Bronze Star during his service in Vietnam.


Upon leaving the Army, Scott completed his bachelor’s degree at Pikeville College, then graduated from the University of Miami Law School in Florida.


Before his election to the Supreme Court, he served as assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Pike County and as a Pike Circuit Court judge.


Among his achievements while on the high court bench was helping begin the veterans courts system in Kentucky.


Each of the current justices, who either served on the high court with Scott or knew him outside Frankfort, said he could change contentious conference meetings as they were working on their decisions into lighter moments by using such eastern Kentucky aphorisms as, “If you have to cut off the dog’s tail, you don’t do it an inch at a time.”


The battle-hardened justice has a softer side, which showed during his remarks to the group attending the unveiling ceremony.

"I love every one of you," he said. "I did when I was here, I did while I was away, and I do now.  There was not a moment when I didn’t enjoy it. 


“I’m just glad that the seven different parts of Kentucky could send the best people they have to sit on this bench that make up the Supreme Court of Kentucky”.


The ceremony was held before a packed Supreme Court Chamber containing his friends, family and other elected officials, including lawmakers and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton.

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