Supreme Court Agrees to Hear University of Louisville Suit

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s highest court has agreed to fast track a lawsuit between the state’s Republican governor and Democratic attorney general over the leadership of the University of Louisville.

Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton issued an order on Monday ordering the Court of Appeals to transfer the case to the state Supreme Court.

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Gov. Matt Bevin issued an executive order abolishing and replacing UofL’s board of trustees last summer. Attorney General Andy Beshear sued him, and a state judge blocked Bevin’s order. Bevin appealed. Meanwhile, the school’s accrediting body has put the university on probation.

Saturday, the state legislature voted to abolish and replace UofL’s board with a new governing body appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. Bevin’s lawyers are likely to ask the court to dismiss the case.

A statement from the Attorney General reads, “We appreciate the Supreme Court understanding how critical this issue is. Judge Shepherd ruled that Gov. Bevin does not have absolute authority to dissolve or reorganize a university board any time and for any reason. My office will continue to fight to uphold that ruling and to protect our students, university employees and all Kentuckians.”

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.