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Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine withdraws from MLK motorcade amid controversy

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Tom Wine speaks to WDRB Nov. 23, 2015. Tom Wine speaks to WDRB Nov. 23, 2015.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine has had his name withdrawn as a grand marshal in Monday's Martin Luther King Motorcade.

George Burney, who began the parade 44 years ago as a way to honor King's legacy, created a bit of controversy when he selected Wine as a grand marshal.

Wine is locked in an ongoing legal dispute with Circuit Judge Olu Stevens over the racial makeup of juries. It has led Kentucky's Chief Justice to remove Stevens from some criminal cases.

Wine released a statement Saturday afternoon, saying he asked that his name be withdrawn.

"It was an honor to be asked, but I would never want my presence to take away from the purpose of the celebration," Wine said. "I respect the memory of Dr. King and the work of Mr. Burney and P.R.I.D.E., Inc. too much to cause the motorcade to not proceed as it has for the last 43 years." 

Wine said Friday that he was honored by the selection and said it’s unfortunate that some are taking a legal issue personally. He added Friday that he had no plans to step aside as grand marshal.

The motorcade and rally begin Monday at 11 a.m.


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