LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's first black Supreme Court
justice said he has lung cancer that has spread to his brain.
Fifty-nine-year-old William McAnulty says he will have surgery
next week to remove a one-inch segment of his brain. He won
election to a full term on the court in 2006.
McAnulty said he met with a neurosurgeon yesterday to discuss
the diagnosis and surgery.
The surgery will keep McAnulty away from the court for several
months, but he says he will read briefs and watch videotapes of
oral arguments, cast votes in cases and write opinions while he
McAnulty says the lung cancer came from years of smoking, a
habit he kicked in December.
McAnulty says his only concern was that the surgery would affect
his political outlook or make him a University of Kentucky fan.
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