The University of Kentucky violated the state’s Open Records Act by improperly withholding documents about a failed business deal between UK HealthCare and a Hazard cardiology firm from the Herald-Leader, Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine ruled Tuesday.
UK also violated the Open Meetings Act with an unannounced Power Point presentation about problems with the business deal to the UK Board of Trustees during what was supposed to be an informal dinner in May 2016, Goodwine ruled. UK failed to keep minutes of that meeting and refused to provide a copy of the Power Point presentation afterward once the Herald-Leader requested it.
No one from the newspaper was present at the meeting, which did not have an agenda.
“The court agrees that there appears to be some sort of intent on the part of the university to mislead the public about the nature of the May 2, 2016, ‘dinner’ meeting, implying that it was merely a social event,” Goodwine wrote. She issued an order instructing UK to provide the newspaper with the Power Point presentation and a related audit.
UK sued the Herald-Leader last September to block release of the documents after the newspaper won a favorable opinion from Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office that also found violations of the Open Records Act.