Kentucky

Kentucky Supreme Court Prevents Sex Offender From Taking Bar Exam

Guy Padraic Hamilton-Smith was convicted on a child pornography charge in 2007

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Guy Padraic Hamilton-Smith graduated in the top third of his law school class at the University of Kentucky, but the state Supreme Court blocked him from taking the bar exam because he is a registered sex offender.

In the first case of its kind in Kentucky, the court rejected Hamilton-Smith's bid and a move by the state Office of Bar Admissions to create and endorse a blanket rule that would have kept all registered sex offenders from gaining access to the bar.