Attorney general seeks to intervene in records lawsuit

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking to intervene in another open records dispute between a university and student publications.

Beshear said in a statement on Thursday that he filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Western Kentucky University against its student newspaper, the College Heights Herald, and the Kentucky Kernel, the student newspaper at the University of Kentucky.

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At issue is the university’s refusal to turn over records related to investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct.

In January, Beshear found Western violated open records law by denying the records to the publications. Western then challenged Beshear’s decision by suing the student newspapers since a university cannot sue the attorney general.

Beshear is also seeking to intervene in a similar lawsuit filed by Kentucky State University.

 

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