Attorney general: Clerk Kim Davis violated Open Records Act

AP News
Posted: Jul 05, 2016 5:25 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky attorney general's office says a county clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has violated the state's Open Records Act.

In an opinion Tuesday, the attorney general's office said Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis violated the act by refusing to produce documents related to the gay marriage battle.

The Lexington Herald-Leader ( said the nonprofit Campaign for Accountability requested records between Davis and her attorneys, Liberty Counsel, on March 1.

Liberty Counsel refused, saying the documents are preliminary and private.

The Open Records Act provides for costs and attorney's fees to be awarded in some cases as well as up to $25 per day for each day the person is denied access to the record. Liberty Counsel can appeal the opinion.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,