After the Barren County Circuit Court put out an order scheduling a trial for the fiscal court’s appeal to an open records decision by the Attorney General, the court sent a subpoena for the report in question.
“It turns out this appeal might be an easier way to get it than to sue him,” said County Attorney Jeff Sharp, referring to private investigator Michael Ober, whose report on an investigation of the Barren County Detention Center is at the center of the appeal.
Ober was hired by the court in February to look into allegations of misconduct at the jail, at a cost of $3,500.
The fiscal court denied the Glasgow Daily Times’ open records request for Ober’s full report. An appeal by the Daily Times to the Attorney General resulted in a ruling in the newspaper’s favor.
According to a ruling dated June 28, the Attorney General’s office determined that the full investigative report is subject to open records law, and the fiscal court is required to produce it, even if the report is not in the court’s possession.
After a closed session discussion at their meeting on July 10, the fiscal court voted to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a copy of the report and also to appeal the Attorney General’s ruling. Assistant County Attorney Dennis Wilcutt filed the county’s notice of appeal in Barren Circuit Court on July 16, according to a previous Daily Times story.
Sharp said the subpoena was issued Thursday to the address Ober gave in his May summary report. Before now, the county couldn’t subpoena Ober, he said.
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