From The Louisville Courier-Journal: Judge: Bevin administration must release records of alleged harassment, pay CJ legal costs


The administration of Gov. Matt Bevin "willfully" withheld public records about sexual harassment and discrimination alleged by a former top social services official, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Wednesday.

As a result, the state must disclose the records of the allegations as well as pay legal costs for the Courier Journal, which sought the records after Adria Johnson, the former commissioner of the Department for Community Based Services, abruptly resigned last year, Shepherd said.

Shepherd, who reviewed the disputed records in private, overruled the state's decision to release only heavily redacted documents that blacked out details including the identity of the male supervisor Johnson accused of harassment, job titles, descriptions of events and places, and the names of all other state employees or officials mentioned in the records including Bevin.

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