Lawyers for Kentucky cabinet want disclosure ruling reversed

Hearing delayed for judge accused of misconduct

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Lawyers for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services have asked a judge to reverse an attorney general’s decision that the state must disclose details of sexual harassment allegations.

The Courier Journal reports a lawsuit was filed against it Wednesday in Franklin County Circuit Court. Cabinet lawyers argue disclosure would invade personal privacy. The lawsuit seeks to conceal details of allegations by the state’s former top social services official, including the name of the state employee she accused.

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Adria Johnson resigned in June as community based services commissioner after her complaint wasn’t substantiated in an internal investigation.

In similar cases recently involving two other agencies, Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled the state can’t withhold names of accused individuals. Courier Journal attorney Michael Abate said he sees no reason for the judge to find otherwise in the new case.