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Magistrate files suit after requests are denied

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By The Staff

An Oldham County magistrate has filed suit against the judge-executive after his requests for information were denied.

Magistrate Scott Davis submitted a written complaint concerning an Open Meetings Law violation and requested the name of a secret donor who gave $100,000 to the fiscal court. Judge-Executive Duane Murner denied both.

The alleged violation concerns a closed session meeting. Davis said fiscal court members discussed issues not related to personnel and information from the meeting should be public.

Murner said there are two exceptions to the statute that allow for justification for the closed meeting.

Davis said Murner did not use the exceptions. He also alleges Murner participated in “unauthorized closed session meetings” in 2003 and 2004.

Davis said the fiscal court and the public have the right to know the name of the donor and what the money was donated for.

“The fiscal court is tasked with overseeing and approving financial expenditures of the Oldham County Government,” he said, “and it would be impossible to know if any influence or benefits might be sought by such a donor without their identity being known.”