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Kentucky Supreme Court sides with student paper in records dispute

Kentucky’s Supreme Court has sided with a student newspaper in a long-running open records...
Kentucky’s Supreme Court has sided with a student newspaper in a long-running open records dispute with the state’s flagship university.(WYMT)
Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 5:01 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky’s Supreme Court has sided with a student newspaper in a long-running open records dispute with the state’s flagship university.

The dispute is over the release of documents pertaining to a sexual misconduct investigation involving a former campus professor.

It pits the University of Kentucky against the Kentucky Kernel.

The court says the university’s handling of the request for records was “patently unacceptable” under the state’s open records law.

Deputy Chief Justice Lisabeth Hughes wrote the unanimous ruling issued Thursday.

The case returns to a lower court judge who will decide which documents in the 470-page investigative report will be released.

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