GUILTY! – Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis and Anti-Gay Liberty Counsel Found In Violation of the Open Records Act
Kim Davis, and the “religious” anti-LGBT legal group the Liberty Counsel have been found in violation of the Open Records Act, according to Kentucky state’s attorney general office.
The opinion found that Davis, the Rowan County clerk, and her counsel improperly refused to turn over public records requested in March by the nonprofit Campaign for Accountability, reported the Courier-Journal.
The Liberty Counsel rejected the records requests as improper for a variety of reasons, such as attorney-client privilege and legal exceptions from preliminary documents.
The nonprofit legal activist group also refused to turn over those documents to the attorney general’s office for review.
“An agency cannot benefit from intentionally frustrating the attorney general’s review of an open records request,” said Assistant Attorney General Matt Jones. “Such result would subvert the General Assembly’s intent behind providing review by the attorney general.”
Mat Staver, the founder and chairman of the of the anti-LGBT Liberty Counsel, said he never had a problem providing the contents of the documents, but he wanted to make sure no information was revealed that was protected by attorney-client privilege.
Staver has said that he didn’t expect to file an appeal and said he would turn over the contested documents.
Anne Weismann, executive director of the Campaign for Accountability, praised the attorney general’s findings and said her group had requested the records to learn more about the elected clerk’s relationship with the anti-LGBT activist group.
“I think the Attorney General was right to call them on completely flouting the law,” Weisman said.
Davis and Liberty Counsel could be required under the Open Records Act to pay attorney fees for the Campaign for Accountability, as well as up to $25 a day for each day for the four months that they denied access to the documents.