Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 24, 2012

Court discusses appeal, Ober report

GLASGOW — The Barren County Fiscal Court received more information about their appeal to a Kentucky Attorney General’s ruling in regards to an investigation of the Barren County Detention Center.

The court went into closed session to discuss the appeal Assistant County Attorney Dennis Wilcutt filed in Barren County Circuit Court on behalf of the magistrates.

The closed session was strictly to provide information, Judge Executive Davie Greer said, and no action was needed.

During the meeting, County Attorney Jeff Sharp told the court and the public that his office had contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get private investigator Mike Ober’s full report – that had been given to the FBI through a fiscal court vote – and the FBI declined to release the report to them.

“This appeal allows us to have that subpoena power to get the document [from Ober],” Sharp said. “If we dropped the lawsuit we wouldn’t have that subpoena power so that’s why we are continuing with [the appeal].”

The fiscal court denied a public records request by the Glasgow Daily Times for the full report after a May fiscal court meeting in which Ober presented a summary report. The fiscal court then voted to hand the report over to the FBI without any review by magistrates or Greer.

On July 28, the Attorney General’s office determined that the full report is subject to open records law and the fiscal court is required to produce it, despite it not being in the court’s possession.

For the full story, read Wednesday's print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.

 

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