High court rules against advocacy group in open-records case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s Supreme Court has ruled that an advocacy group is not entitled to confidential information regarding the death of a ward of the state.

The case pitted the Cabinet for Health and Family Services against the nonprofit Council on Developmental Disabilities.

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The cabinet denied the council’s open-records request seeking documents related to the death of Gary Farris. The council also sought documents involving anyone who died after being transferred from state-run institutions to community residences. That request was also denied.

Such records may be disclosed to groups including social service agencies with legitimate interests in the case.

In her majority opinion, Justice Mary Noble said the council did not qualify to receive the documents. Noble said the confidentiality standards allow disclosure to agencies needing the information to do their jobs.

 

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