The Kentucky Supreme Court has heard arguments in a records dispute between the Council on Developmental Disabilities and the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
The advocacy group is asking to review the records of two disabled men who died in state care in 2009 shortly after being moved to new homes.
The Courier-Journal reports justices heard arguments on Wednesday in the case.
David Tachau, a Louisville attorney who represents the Council on Developmental Disabilities, argued the agency should have to release the records under the state's Open Records Act.
Cabinet attorney D. Brent Irvin argued that a different state law calls for records in such cases to be released only to government agencies with a legitimate interest in the case.
Lower courts have sided with the cabinet.