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Ernest Augustus "Ernie" Jasmin, Sr
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Birth: Oct. 18, 1934
Jacksonville
Duval County
Florida, USA
Death: Apr. 30, 2004
Prospect
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA

Courier-Journal Obituary 05/02/2004
Ernest A. Jasmin Sr., 69, of Prospect, died Friday, April 30, 2004, at Norton Suburban Hospital. He was a retired circuit court judge and a former Commonwealth's attorney, Commonwealth's assistant attorney, assistant trial commissioner, assistant city law director and substitute prosecutor. He also served in private practice from 1968-1970 and 1987-1988. He is survived by three daughters, Camille Sanderson, Iris Jasmin and Tamara Robinson; a son, Ernest A. Jasmin Jr.; and two granddaughters. His funeral will beheld at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Gethsemane Baptist Church, 1159 Algonquin Parkway, with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery, on 05/05/2004. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday at A.D. Porter & Sons, 1300 W. Chestnut St., and from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

More about Ernie Jasmin:
Born in Florida, Jasmin became the first African American chief prosecutor in Kentucky when he was elected Commonwealth Attorney in 1987. He created a narcotics unit with four prosecutors for the handling of drug cases and established prosecutor training seminars. Jasmin earned degrees from Florida A & M and the University of Louisville Law School. He was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1967, and in 2004 he received the Trailblazer Award from the Louisville Bar Association. For more see African American Biographies: profiles of 558 current men and women, by W. L. Hawkins; "Kentucky's first Black Commonwealth's Attorney," The Louisville Defender, 03/13/1992; and "First Black to serve as state prosecutor.

Ernest was also the prosecutor against murderer Mel Ignatow who killed Brenda Sue Shaefer: Ernest Jasmin was assigned to prosecute Ignatow on behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A flamboyant advocate, Jasmin was known as the "Preacher for the Prosecution." He also happened to be the first black commonwealth's attorney in Kentucky's history. At the time, Kenton County was 97% white, and the few African Americans that lived in the community kept to themselves. Even with over-whelming evidence they found Ignatow innocent. Later Ernest felt
vindicated when rolls of film were found by a carpet man in a vent that had been covered when putting new carpet down in Ignatow's old house. The film showed the murder by Ignatow.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry Augustus Jasmin (1911 - 1965)
  Ernestine L. Jasmin (1914 - 1995)
 
Burial:
Cave Hill Cemetery
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: SECTION 39, LOT 83, PART , RANGE , GRAVE 4-A
 
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Record added: Oct 22, 2010
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Ernest Augustus Ernie Jasmin, Sr
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