Ernie Lewis

Ernie Lewis

Ernie Lewis has been a criminal defense lawyer for almost 50 years, a public defender for 31 years, including 12 years as Kentucky public advocate. He was executive director of the National Association for Public Defense for seven years and is a founding board member of the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


There is no ‘crime epidemic.’ Lawmakers should not saddle Kentucky with even more prisoners, costs.

By: - January 29, 2024

In the immortal words of Ronald Reagan during a debate with Jimmy Carter, there they go again. For the past 50 years, every so often the media, law enforcement, prosecutors and government officials start screaming at the top of their lungs that “crime is rising,” “something must be done,” and the like.  Then the legislature […]