Kentucky to delay enforcing law against advice columnist pending First Amendment lawsuit

Amy Zhang | Content Regulation | News | July 24, 2013
July 24, 2013

Enforcement of a Kentucky law forbidding out-of-state psychologists from practicing in the state will be delayed after a Friday meeting between the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology and advice columnist John Rosemond.

Reporters Committee urges Kentucky high court to reject expansion of public records law privacy exemption

Press Release | January 29, 2013
January 29, 2013
Reporters Committee urges Kentucky high court to reject expansion of public records law privacy exemption

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, along with The E.W. Scripps Company, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Kentucky Supreme Court on Monday arguing that an individual does not have a right to to block access to otherwise public records simply because they were generated decades ago.

Lawson v. Office of the Attorney General

January 28, 2013

Media organizations in 2008 sought the release of a proffer statement given by Leonard Lawson in 1983 when Kentucky officials were investigating antitrust allegations. Lawson sued to enjoin the release of the record, arguing that the privacy and law enforcement exemptions of the state public records law applied. The trial court held that neither exception was applicable, ordering the release of the document. Lawson argues that the privacy exception should apply because the time lapse between when the document was created and when it was created increases the privacy harm.

Kentucky judge upholds rule preventing contact with federal jurors

Lilly Chapa | Secret Courts | News | November 27, 2012
November 27, 2012

A Kentucky federal judge recently allowed media contact with jurors in a hate crime case, but denied the newspaper's attempt to strike down a local rule that normally prevents interaction with jurors in a federal trial.

Public interest outweighs confidentiality in Ky. juvenile sexual assault case

Kristen Rasmussen | Secret Courts | News | August 31, 2012
August 31, 2012

A Kentucky judge earlier this week granted a local newspaper’s request to unseal records in a juvenile sexual abuse case that sparked widespread support for the victim after she publicly identified her alleged attackers.

Jefferson District Court Chief Judge Angela McCormick Bisig also ruled that all proceedings held in the case will be open to the public and allowed the news media to photograph in the courtroom.


August 1, 2012

Summary of statute(s): Kentucky bars the recording, interception, use or disclosure of any oral or telephonic communication by means of any mechanical or electronic device without the consent of at least one party to the conversation. The state also prohibits the recording and disclosure of images intercepted in violation of its voyeurism laws. Violators can face criminal penalties.

Teen sexual assault victim who identified juvenile attackers will not be charged for contempt

Amanda Simmons | Secret Courts | News | July 24, 2012
July 24, 2012

In the backdrop of mounting media attention, the attorneys for two boys withdrew their motion on Monday to charge a 17-year-old Kentucky teenager for contempt after she potentially violated a court order by identifying them on Twitter as her attackers in a juvenile sexual assault case.

“There you go, lock me up,” Savannah Dietrich tweeted when she named the teens who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her. “I’m not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell.”

Child abuse records must be disclosed to newspapers, Ky. appellate court rules

Amanda Simmons | Newsgathering | News | July 12, 2012
July 12, 2012

Two Kentucky newspapers earned a victory in a lengthy legal battle with child welfare officials this week when a state appellate court ruled that records relating to child abuse cases that resulted in death or near-fatal injuries must continue to be publicly disclosed.


May 1, 2012


Kentucky appellate court upholds withholding of personal information in police records

Andrea Papagianis | Freedom of Information | News | April 23, 2012
April 23, 2012

The Kentucky Court of Appeals partially affirmed a lower court's ruling on Friday, finding that the city of Hopkinsville properly redacted certain information about victims and witnesses in police reports and arrest citations requested by the Kentucky New Era.