Kentucky cabinet ordered to pay fines for open records violations

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that the state Cabinet for Families and Children “improperly and willfully” denied a newspaper’s request for records in a child abuse death and must pay damages.

In an order Friday, the appeals court ordered the cabinet to pay the Todd County Standard newspaper nearly $10,000 in attorney fees and more than $6,000 in fines for violating the state Open Records Act.

Since 2011, the newspaper has sought files related to the death of Amy Dye, a 9-year-old girl from Todd County who was murdered by her foster brother. Continue…