Barren County Appeals Open Records Decision Involving Newspaper, Jail

Sep 13, 2012

Barren County officials are appealing a judge's order to release an investigative report on the local jail to The Glasgow Daily Times. The newspaper, meanwhile, has asked a judge to hold county officials in contempt for not releasing the document.

Judge Phil Patton ruled last month that the county had to release the report.

The county hired private investigator Michael J. Ober and paid him $3,500 with tax dollars to investigate allegations of misconduct at the jail. Ober gave a summary to county officials, but said he preferred to give the full report to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

County officials have said they denied the newspaper's request for the report because they don't have physical possession of it.