UK, Kentucky Kernel sign order allowing AG's office to intervene in suit

Published: Sep. 16, 2016 at 1:38 PM EDT
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A motion by Attorney General Andy Beshear that would allow his office to intervene in the case between the University of Kentucky and the school's student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, has been approved.

During a hearing on Friday afternoon in Fayette Circuit Court, it was revealed that both parties signed an agreed order to allow Beshear to intervene.

UK is suing the Kentucky Kernel. The legal fight began when the newspaper filed an open records request for documents related to a sexual assault investigation involving a former professor. When the university denied that request, The Kernel appealed to the attorney general. The AG's office ruled the university violated state open records law by not releasing the documents.

The university has since appealed that ruling by the attorney general by suing the Kernel.

On Thursday, 15 UK journalism and media faculty members asked President Eli Capilouto to apologize and drop the lawsuit against the Kernel. UK says releasing the documents would violate the privacy of victims.