FRANKFORT, Ky. – Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Monday ruled the Bevin administration intentionally violated the Kentucky Open Records Act in refusing to release a copy of an economic analysis of the administration’s 2017 pension reform plan.
In a 19-page final order in the case, Shepherd ordered the economic analysis be released and – because the violation of the open records law was willful – directed the state to pay $72,833 in attorneys’ fees and costs to the person who requested the record.
The controversial economic analysis will not be released immediately, however, because Shepherd said the Bevin administration will have time to appeal Monday’s ruling to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) – A judge has sided with WDRB News in an open records dispute with Kentucky State Police, ruling he could not “fathom” how the law enforcement agency justified withholding the internal investigations of troopers.
Friday’s ruling by Franklin Circuit Court judge Thomas Wingate found that reporters are entitled to the records but gives state police 10 days to appeal the decision.
Even if there’s an appeal, police must turn over the records to the judge within 10 days.
Wingate also ruled WDRB may make a motion arguing police “willfully withheld” public records and should pay the station’s attorney fees and other costs.
State police have for years refused to turn over internal investigations of troopers to the media and citizens, despite numerous rulings by the Kentucky Attorney General’s office that the records should be made public.