Judge refuses to step aside from teacher ‘sickout’ case
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s legal team has failed to persuade a judge to step aside from hearing a lawsuit stemming from protests that shut down some schools.
Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Wednesday denied a motion asking that he disqualify himself from the case. The lawsuit filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear challenges the state Labor Cabinet’s authority to investigate protesting teachers.
Beshear, a Democrat, is challenging Bevin in this year’s election.
Bevin’s legal team says Shepherd should step aside because he “liked” a Facebook post praising Beshear campaign volunteers.
Shepherd says he’s also “liked” posts promoting Republicans. He says it’s an “extreme” stretch to believe an isolated Facebook “like” of a campaign-related post should automatically disqualify a judge from hearing a case that could affect the campaign.
(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)