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Image 16 of Kentucky Alumnus, vol. 72, no. 3, Fall 2001

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i 1/fl · 1 si . RAY M c . d P . h . tARsoN I‘II11B all IIIIIS mi-ml · By Linda Perry ‘ I ay Larson is no stranger to the Governor Martha Layne Collins ap- Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office also rsh realities of crime, having pointed Larson the Fayette County has gained a reputation for its myriad , 29 years of experience with in- Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1985. outreach programs aimed at improving I vestigating and prosecuting criminal Since then, Larson has been elected to the quality of life in the community and l cases. He started his career in 1972 as four six-year terms, the last three times protecting victims. j the Paducah city prosecutor, and be- with no opposition. Qver the course of Parents Set Example tween 1974 and 1985 he served as the those 16 years his office has prosecuted L H UK md who G med a assistant deputy attorney general for all criminal cases in Fayette Circuit b haqsoln d g. h. t Q 1966 d the state, investigating and prosecuting Court and overseen grand juries con- ajc cdor S egrigé?) IS Q? m h an l high profile cases throughout Kentucky. vened in the county The gcfllznscgsgggcc to Eligtglxsg-gg ligvay l 1 , _ Z, , ...,.,., ¤ parents set regarding honesty, integrity, Q -. n , no cutting comers, and humor. LarS0¤’S j [ Y ’ late father, Robert E Larson, was a ca- 1 ” . 1 _ e~·i __ —- , 1 reer Air Force officer and the family - { *"'" — I traveled extensively in the U.S. and c , J`?" L"` · _ J. j ` 1 overseas, including France, where wt ._ 1 , --- T"» asia *2 1 . . QQ]! ¤· i** · Larson spent three years at the Ameri- i V “ if t _ . We can High School in Paris, later graduat- ··*·*·*·· 1 ·~ 1 1 - 11 ” _ V 1 A ` ing in Michigan. When the senior . sq, . E, _ ~ 1 Larson retired from the service, he —, Yiiij ;_ , moved his family to Lexington where A V 1 he worked in the registrar’s office at V 1 4 UK. _ _ _ "I have always been a believer in i‘""""'"‘ ‘ 1 1 A people being responsible for their be- .» A A o . " - _ V V havior and people suffering conse- . l _ _ · _ .. ‘° V quences if they break the law. " J L With this as a basis, Larson, who also · » j ‘ has been an adjunct assistant professor A at the UK College of Law since 1988, ‘ has established clear-cut guidelines in his career. ... ~ , _ ' "I have three rules that govern the I i ' operation of this office — and this is my I R dad talking to me —— you treat every- Q body the same under the same facts ;»~ situation and you can expect to be treated the same; you be responsible for - » your behavior; and if you violate the . law or the rules, be prepared to suffer the consequences. That’s how we func- gb . h N tion. I - m H 4 x p`$g__ SBEKIIIQ JIISUCB E k ° F Larson and his staff of 26 employees, ‘ E 5 T, or . rf ¢r’~¥g§;_ ‘ including 16 prosecuting attorneys, have g · jj fr _ A-j t A ‘ ’ A, Q g prosecuted their share of sensational 1 g QQ? °`_. °*`— ~ Q1 gg;. ,1 felony cases over the years, some result- 1 •‘?,i{·t,_G_{* ·_ E ·‘ .' `Z " it gig in convicted felons receiving the y ' " * ” eath penalty.'l`he law sets out the cir- cumstances under which the Common- , 14 KENTUCKY ALUMNUS

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