UPDATE: Judge will not reverse UofL ruling, despite Bevin’s request

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Matt Bevin (Graphic Courtesy: MGN Online)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky judge will not reverse his ruling declaring Republican Gov. Matt Bevin was wrong to abolish and replace the board of trustees at the University of Louisville.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled last month Bevin’s order abolishing the board was illegal. Bevin’s attorneys asked him to reconsider, arguing Shepherd misinterpreted some facts and legal precedents in forming the opinion.

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Friday, Shepherd denied Bevin’s motion, saying none of Bevin’s arguments are enough to reverse his order.

The effect of Bevin’s motion is it gives him more time to appeal the original decision. Now that Shepherd has declined to change the order, it gives Bevin another 30 days to ask the state Court of Appeals to review the decision.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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10/19/16 1:03 p.m.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is asking a state judge to reverse himself.

Attorneys for Bevin asked Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Wednesday to reverse his ruling last month banning the governor from abolishing and replacing the University of Louisville board of trustees. Attorney Stephen Pitt says Shepherd incorrectly summarized Bevin’s arguments and used inaccurate interpretations of prior court rulings to form his opinion.

Lawyers for Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear said Shepherd’s decision is correct and does not need to be changed.

Shepherd said he would consider the arguments and issue a ruling soon. When he does, it will give both sides an extra 30 days to file an appeal, which would delay a final ruling in the case.

 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.