Bevin administration seeking to disqualify Beshear from pension lawsuit

04/17/2018 04:45 PM

FRANKFORT- Just days before an injunction hearing on the pension reform bill, Gov. Bevin, R-Kentucky, is seeking to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, from the lawsuit.

Bevin filed a motion in Franklin County Circuit Court to disqualify Beshear from the pension reform lawsuit due to a conflict of interest. The lawsuit alleges that Beshear provided legal advice to the Commonwealth regarding Senate Bill 151, thereby violating the Rules of Professional Conduct.

“Conflicts of interest do not disappear simply because the Attorney General says they do,” said Steve Pitt, general counsel for Gov. Bevin. “Kentucky has adopted strict rules regarding conflicts for its attorneys. The Attorney General’s suit violates these rules, and this Court must disqualify him and his office from this action to protect the integrity of the judicial system.”

The lawsuit says when Beshear provided legal advice to members of the General Assembly, conflicts of interest were created in three instances. First, drafting and sending a legal memo to members of general assembly after Senate Bill 1 was filed. Second, drafting and sending another legal memo to the General Assembly shortly after. And third, when meeting with House and Senate Democratic leaders to discuss legal options the day following passage of SB 151.

The motion argues that the office must be disqualified from prosecuting the case because of those conflicts.

A copy of the court filing can be found here.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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