FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An attorney working for the state of Kentucky has been publicly reprimanded for using resources from his job for personal profit.
The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday issued the public scolding to Lexington attorney Matthew Scott Finley after he acknowledged using a state account with Westlaw to look up information to answer questions on JustAnswer.com, a site that routs questions to experts to answer.
Finley previously settled an Executive Branch Code of Ethics violation with the state by paying a $2,000 penalty for the same violation. An Office of the Inspector General report concluded that Finley used Westlaw 36 times to search for answers.
Finley disputed the number, but acknowledged using the account on his downtime while at work to conduct the research.