Daniel Ballou

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Daniel Ballou
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Court Information:
Kentucky Circuit Court 34
Title:   Chief judge
Active:   2007-2023
Past position:   Attorney in private practice
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Kentucky
Law School:   University of Mississippi
Military service:   U.S. Marine Corps
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Kentucky Circuit Court 34
Position:  1st Division
State:  Kentucky
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  5/20/2014
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  ApprovedA

Daniel Ballou is the chief circuit judge for the 34th Judicial Circuit in Kentucky.[1] He was elected to the court on November 7, 2006, and was re-elected without opposition in 2014.[2] His current eight-year term expires on January 1, 2023.[3]



See also: Kentucky judicial elections, 2014
Ballou ran for re-election to the 34th Judicial Circuit.
General: He was unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[4]


Ballou received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law.[5]


Before he became a judge, Ballou worked as an attorney in private practice, served as a clerk for Judge Eugene Siler of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and served as a major in the U.S. Marine Corps.[6]

Misconduct charges

In January 2011, Ballou was charged with two counts of ethics violations by the Judicial Conduct Commission in Kentucky. He was charged after contributing to a political campaign and sending an e-mail about other candidate's position on the 2nd Amendment. These acts are prohibited under the judicial canon stating that a judge "shall refrain from inappropriate political activity." Ballou denies the allegations, but on the grounds that he has right to express his opinion under the 1st Amendment.[7][8] He was publicly reprimanded for the email about Rand Paul that he sent to his fellow judges.[9]

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