Sex Offender Seeks Admission to Kentucky Bar

Guy Padraic Hamilton-Smith graduated in the top third of his law school class at the University of Kentucky, but the state Supreme Court has blocked him from taking the bar exam because he is a registered sex offender. The court said the nature of the crime shows that Hamilton-Smith lacks the "requisite character and fitness" to be a lawyer, the Associated Press reports. But the court also rejected a move by the state licensing board to create a blanket rule barring admission of all registered sex offenders. Explaining that decision, the court said each applicant deserves the opportunity to make his or her case on an individualized basis. Hamilton-Smith says he plans to ask the court to reconsider his case. WRCB TV has the AP story.