Federal judge Johnstone dies at 91

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The federal judge credited with the historic settlement between inmates and the state of Kentucky has died. Edward Johnstone was 91.

Johnstone spent 30 years on the federal bench. He was appointed to the position in 1977 by then-President Jimmy Carter.

Chief Clerk of the Western District of Kentucky Vanessa Armstrong said Johnstone died Wednesday in Louisville, where he lived for the past three years after relocating from Princeton with his wife, Kay.

Johnstone served one year as a circuit judge in Lyon, Trigg, Livingston and Caldwell counties before he was appointed to the federal bench.

Johnstone was best known for transforming Kentucky's once ancient prisons into institutions considered reasonably safe and humane, by forging the historic 1980 settlement between inmates and the state.

Funeral arrangements were pending Thursday.

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