Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd

Government
4:20 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Ky. Agency Ordered to Pay Newspapers $300K for Records Violation

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The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services must pay more than $300,000 in attorneys’ fees to the Louisville Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader after violating the state Open Records Act.

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Government
2:52 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Kentucky Won't Appeal Ruling Halting Executions

Kentucky will not appeal a judge's ruling that keeps a ban on executions in place with state officials opting instead to fight out a lawsuit inmates brought challenging the way lethal injections are carried out.

Justice Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin says Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s concerns about executions aren’t leading to a rewrite of the regulations.

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Government
3:56 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Judge Fines Kentucky Cabinet $756K in Records Dispute

A state judge has fined the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services more than $750,000 dollars because it "willfully circumvented" open-records law by not fully releasing records of child abuse fatalities and near deaths.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Monday that the cabinet made a "mockery" of the Open Records Act by maintaining that documents remain confidential. Shepherd ordered the cabinet to pay the plaintiff's attorney fees and costs to be decided.

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Government
6:59 am
Fri December 6, 2013

KY Judge Declines To Lift Death Penalty Injunction

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A circuit court judge who halted lethal injections in 2010 has declined to lift that injunction, ruling yesterday that a lawsuit brought by death row inmates over Kentucky's execution procedures has some unresolved issues.

Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd denied a motion by state corrections officials to lift the injunction that halted executions.

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Education
4:20 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Judge Rules Against Medicaid Provider

A judge has ordered Kentucky Spirit to pay for preventative care that local health departments across the state provide to school children.

The Courier-Journal reports Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd issued the ruling Tuesday.

The Medicaid-managed care provider stopped paying for such services last summer, saying it wasn't obligated to cover the care under its contract with the state.

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Government
7:27 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Kentucky Court Orders Release of Child Death Records

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ordered Kentucky child welfare officials to publicly release records of child abuse cases resulting in death or serious injury.

The court released the 3-3 vote Thursday on whether to halt a lower court decision ordering the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to open the cases. The tie vote let the lower court decision stand.

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4:22 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Franklin Circuit Judge Finds Redistricting Maps Unconstitutional

A Franklin Circuit Court judge has thrown out new legislative district maps, saying they violate the basic principles of the Kentucky Constitution.

Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling is based on the so-called “five percent rule.” It says new districts must be within five percent of their ideal size. Shepherd added that the maps of both the House and Senate districts divided too many counties.

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