June 7

I had a terrific time at last night's annual Wendell H. Ford Dinner in Louisville. I was honored to serve as emcee at an event that brings together Democrats from across the Commonwealth. My friend and colleague Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, was the keynote speaker. It was gratifying to hear the praise from General Biden and others about Kentucky's strong leadership. I am energized and excited about the future of our great Commonwealth.

The annual dinner also serves as a reminder of Wendell Ford's tremendous service to Kentucky and the nation, from his work in the area of civil rights and minority and women's issues, to his service in the National Guard. He is a great Kentuckian and an inspiration to those of who have dedicated our lives to public service.

I also welcomed the opportunity to speak at the Metropolitan Housing Coalition's annual meeting this week. I briefed attendees on the national mortgage settlement and our efforts to ensure that struggling Kentucky homeowners receive the relief they are due.

In addition to the more than $61.1 million in settlement-related relief from Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, Chase and Wells Fargo, 7,801 eligible borrowers in Kentucky will receive more than $11 million for mortgage servicing abuses. Checks to borrowers who submitted valid claims will be mailed June 10 through June 17. These checks come from a $1.5 billion pool we negotiated and set aside as part of the National Mortgage Settlement. For more information, please see our press release.

My Cybercrimes Unit marked its 5th anniversary this week. Since its creation in June of 2008, the Unit has launched 341 child pornography investigations, seized more than 403,000 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet and processed more than 6,100 hard drives and removable devices, for a total of 133 Terabytes of data.

We've also obtained 114 child pornography convictions — for a 100 percent conviction rate! That includes the arrest and conviction of a retired Florida school teacher who traveled to Kentucky to have sexual relations with what he believed to be two juveniles. Dale Chisena Sr. is now serving a 30-year prison sentence.

I am so proud of our many accomplishments. My cybercrimes investigators have truly made the Internet a safer place for Kentucky kids. For more information, please see our press release.