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Royalty hires new legal representation

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By Forrest Berkshire, Editor

Bardstown’s former mayor has new attorneys in three cases in the Nelson County court system.

On Thursday, Thomas Clay, a Louisville lawyer who has litigated several high-profile employment lawsuits in the state, filed his notice of appearance on behalf of John Royalty.

An article in The Kentucky Standard published Sunday reported that Clay had not filed the official paperwork in two lawsuits as of Friday.

The state’s online database still did not have those notices listed as of Tuesday morning, but Royalty’s attorney whom Clay is replacing, Jason Floyd, provided them and records of the electronic filings to The Standard on Monday.

Clay had already filed in January his notice of appearance in a criminal case against Royalty.

Clay has also filed notice of his intent to seek a 30-day extension to the deadline for Royalty to file briefings in the former mayor’s lawsuit against the city for removing him from office in April.

On Wednesday, the city sought to have the case dismissed because Royalty’s lawyers had not filed required briefings despite receiving two time extensions. On Friday, Circuit Court Judge Jack Seay denied the city’s motion.