Judge denies Bevin's request to disqualify Beshear from pension lawsuit

04/25/2018 03:51 PM

FRANKFORT- A Franklin County Circuit Court judge has dismissed the Bevin administration’s motion to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, from the pension lawsuit.

Judge Phillip Shepard, said Beshear did not have a conflict of interest as the state’s chief legal officer.

Bevin had filed a motion against Beshear seeking to disqualify him from trying the case on April 17 due to a conflict of interest. The motion claimed Beshear provided legal advice to the Commonwealth regarding Senate Bill 151, thereby violating the Rules of Professional Conduct.

“Today’s ruling recognizes that, as the attorney general, I’m the people’s lawyer, and it is my duty to fight on behalf of teachers, police officers, firefighters, social workers and other public servants. I will continue to protect the rights of our public servants and to enforce the Constitution’s requirement that our government is transparent and never turns a sewage bill into a pension bill ever again,” Beshear said in a statement.

Beshear filed a lawsuit in hopes of preventing the pension reform law from being enacted. Beshear along with the Kentucky Education Association and the Kentucky State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police filed the lawsuit saying it violates the inviolable contract.

Beshear has also filed an injunction to prevent the law from going into effect on July 1.

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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