Bevin attacks judge on pension lawsuit

05/08/2018 03:08 PM

CINCINNATI- A day after suffering a minor loss in the pension bill lawsuit, Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, went after the judge trying the case.

While on the Brian Thomas Morning Show, on Cincinnati radio station 55KRC, Bevin said Judge Phillip Shepherd was one of the most “incompetent hacks” in the state.

Bevin went on to say Shepherd was “legislating from the bench” and giving advice to Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, who “is not a very competent attorney.”

“I now have a judge helping him, making suggestions to him from the bench about different paths he should take, or different angles he should take,” Bevin said. “He’s refusing to allow discovery. He refuses to allow any depositions of people who are bring the suit. I don’t even know a Liberal or a Conservative in the legal profession who thinks that appropriate.”

Bevin went onto say Judge Shepherd was rushing in order to strike down the case before the new law goes into effect on July 1.

“Guys like this, who don’t take the law seriously, shouldn’t be sitting on the bench making rulings,” Bevin said.

Judge Shepherd sided with Attorney General Beshear on Monday, granting an order of protection against the Bevin administration’s request for a deposition from the Office of the Attorney General, the Kentucky Education Association, and the Kentucky State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, R-Kentucky, ripped Bevin on Twitter for his comments against Judge Shepherd.

“Judges, like Governors, are elected by the people of Kentucky for a reason. To hold them accountable. Disrespecting our judiciary is harmful to the rule of law,” she said in a tweet.

Even members from his own party are taking issues with Bevin’s attack on Judge Shepherd. Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, defended the judge on social media.

“The Governor is just wrong. Judge Philip Shepherd is one of the fairest, most competent and intelligent Judges in the state, certainly not a “hack”, and he presides in arguably the most difficult judicial court in the Commonwealth,” he said on Twitter.

Last week, Bevin attacked judges as a whole in Kentucky while on a conservative radio show.

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


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