AG intervenes in university suit against school paper

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s attorney general has ratcheted up his fight with the state’s flagship university over documents withheld from the campus newspaper regarding a professor’s sexual harassment case.

Attorney General Andy Beshear said Wednesday that he’ll ask a judge to force the University of Kentucky to turn over the documents to his office for confidential review.

Beshear is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit the university filed against its student-run newspaper to appeal an AG’s opinion that said the school violated the state’s open-records law.

Beshear’s office says UK wrongly withheld documents regarding the professor’s sexual harassment and assault case from the campus newspaper.

University spokesman Jay Blanton says the case is about protecting the privacy of sexual assault victims. He says UK’s dispute is with Beshear’s office, not the campus newspaper.

A copy of the motion will be available on the AG’s website by close of business Wednesday.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.


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