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Incumbent Justice William Scott was up for re-election in 2012 against Court of Appeals Judge Janet Stumbo. Judge Stumbo previously served on the Supreme Court from 1993–2004, until Scott defeated her in the 2004 race. The campaigns featured a number of mud-slinging attack ads that accused Judge Stumbo of “sid[ing] with criminals 59 percent of the time,” and blamed Justice Scott for “airing misleading ads.”
The general election was held on November 6 and Justice William Scott won re-election.
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November 5, 2012– Campaign Conduct Committee
An ad by Janet Stumbo saying, “When Will Scott won’t tell the truth, he disrespects the office he seeks and he disrespects us.”
November 1, 2012– Herald Leader Endorsed
An ad saying the Lexington Herald-Leader endorsed Janet Stumbo, but found that Will Scott’s ads were misleading.
October 31, 2012– In This Campaign
Judge Janet Stumbo says, “Fairness and impartiality is my vow.”
October 31, 2012– Shotgun
An ad by Justice Will T. Scott saying Janet Stumbo “sided with criminals 59 percent of the time.”
October 26, 2012– Sentenced to Death
An ad by Justice Will T. Scott attacking Janet Stumbo, saying she “sided with criminals 50 percent of the time.”
October 26, 2012– Fraud Alert
An ad by Janet Stumbo saying, “Will Scott is airing misleading ads about Judge Janet Stumbo using newspaper quotes. Here is what the newspapers previously said.”
October 23, 2012– Defeat
An ad by Justice Will T. Scott saying, “Former Justice Janet Stumbo sided with criminals 59 percent of the time.”
October 22, 2012– Decorated Trooper
An ad by Justice Will T. Scott talking about his endorsements, saying he “was tough on crime and drugs.”
October 10, 2012– Sense of Values
Justice Janet Stumbo says, “I got my sense of values, of what’s important, from my parents and from my grandparents.”
September 10, 2012– Coal Miner’s Daughter
Justice Janet Stumbo says, “This coal miner’s daughter will do her best to make you proud.”