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Federal judge Forester dies at age 73

A federal judge in the eastern half of Kentucky for almost a quarter-century has died.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge in the eastern half of Kentucky for almost a quarter-century has died.

Karl Forester was 73. He died Saturday at his Lexington home.

Forester became a federal judge in 1988, overseeing cases in Pikeville and Lexington during his career on the bench.

While Forester handled a variety of matters, his most-high profile case stemmed from the litigation surrounding the2006 crash of Comair Flight 5191 at Blue Grass Airport. Many of the suits brought by the families of the 49 people who were killed were settled without a trial.

Friends and colleagues told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1kbrYRP ) that Forester had been battling health problems recently, but still actively handled cases until recently.

Forester took senior status in 2005, allowing him to handle a reduced case load.


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