Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

February 7, 2013

GDT to receive Ober jail records

Glasgow Daily Times


Nearly nine months after the Glasgow Daily Times filed an open records request with the Barren County Fiscal Court, an agreed order of dismissal has officially ended the battle over records compiled during a private investigation of the Barren County Detention Center.

In a document written by fiscal court attorney James L. Deckard and Daily Times attorney Jeremy Rogers, the Barren Circuit Court ordered on Feb. 7 that the Barren County Fiscal Court “immediately release the records subject to this action to the Glasgow Daily Times in unredacted format.”

The records, which reportedly include 18 audio recorded interviews, 14 typed interview notes and other information about the Barren County Detention Center used and gathered by private investigator Michael J. Ober, will be released to the Daily Times as soon as the earliest Fed Ex delivery Friday, according to Deckard. He sent the package Thursday to the fiscal court office after the agreement was filed in circuit court, he said.

“At this point in the process, this is the appropriate result for both these recordings and documents,” Deckard said.

The case started in early May 2012, when Ober presented only a summary of findings to the fiscal court after the governmental body paid him $3,500 to investigate allegations of misconduct at the jail. The fiscal court voted to not take possession of the full investigative records and instead pass them to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Daily Times subsequently filed an open records request for the full documents, the fiscal court denied the request, and the case proceeded through the Kentucky Attorney General and Barren Circuit Court, both of which ruled in favor of the Daily Times’ request.

Read the full story in the print or e-edition of Friday's Glasgow Daily Times.