A newspaper in Barren County is continuing its fight for records of a jail investigation. The Glasgow Daily Times reports that its latest legal filing argues local officials willfully withheld the records and the county should pay the newspaper's legal fees.
Judge Phil Patton ruled in August that the county had to release the report on the Barren County Detention Center. The report was produced by a private investigator for the Barren County Fiscal Court at a cost of $3,500.
County officials have said they denied the request because they don't have physical possession of the report. But the newspaper argues the fiscal court intentionally voted not to take possession of the report so it wouldn't have to make it a public record.
The newspaper filed a motion Sept. 10 to enforce the Aug. 16 court order.