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Posted: Thursday, 19 December 2013 4:40PM

Supreme Court Sides With Hopkinsville In Open Records Lawsuit

The Kentucky Supreme Court is affirming Christian Circuit Judge Andrew Self's ruling that the Hopkinsville Police Department can redact personal information contained in reports. The unanimous ruling, authored by Justice Lisabeth Hughs Abramson, was handed down Thursday.

The justices concluded the open records act is meant to allow public oversight of government agencies, but not meant for agencies to serve as a clearing house to distribute private information. The ruling means the Hopkinsville Police Department can withhold the names and personal information of victims, witnesses and uncharged suspects of crimes, including juveniles.

The decision comes in a 2010 lawsuit filed by the Kentucky New Era requesting the Police Department stop redacting personal information contained in police reports. Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp says after more than 2 years of litigation in the case, he is glad it has finally been decided.

New Era Publisher Taylor Hayes told the News Edge that he had not had time to review the ruling to comment.

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