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Attorney General Daniel Cameron optimistic the U.S. Supreme Court will overrule Beshear order

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron is awaiting word on whether the U. S. Supreme Court will take up his appeal of a ruling by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which upheld Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order closing private religious schools through the end of the year. “The process can go one of two ways,” Cameron told Kentucky Today on Tuesday. “Justice Brett...

Attorney General Daniel Cameron turns to Supreme Court to rule on Kentucky religious school lawsuit

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and stop Gov. Andy Beshear’s ban on in-person classes for religious schools. The Kentucky AG filed an emergency application on Monday imploring the court to uphold a U.S. District Court judge’s earlier ruling that Beshear could not stop classes at religious schools. The 6th Circuit Court ruled...

House Speaker says governor not providing data to legislators, calls court’s decision a setback

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne said the appellate court’s decision to uphold Gov. Andy Beshear’s order to shut down privately run religious schools is a setback. But that wasn’t his only disappointment. He said the governor needs to involve stakeholders and share data, if any exists, in the decisions that are being made during the coronavirus. Republican leadership...

Federal appeals court sides with Beshear, allows order to halt classes at private religious schools

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A federal appeals court on Sunday morning sided with Gov. Andy Beshear’s order to close religious private schools and others in the state as the coronavirus rages in Kentucky. The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati granted Beshear’s request to temporarily halt a judge’s ruling that would have allowed 17 private Christian schools to reopen. Those schools...

Attorney General Daniel Cameron responds to Governor’s appeal of federal court ruling

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear’s appeal of a federal court ruling allowing in-person instruction at Kentucky faith-based schools was met with more criticism from Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who filed a brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Saturday in response to the governor’s appeal. “The District Court’s ruling was incredibly clear, a religious...

Federal judge rules Governor Andy Beshear can’t stop in-person classes at private religious schools

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a part of Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order requiring private and public schools to stop in-person classes until January infringes on their constitutional rights. U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove said the order cannot apply to private, religious-led schools across the state but can remain for public schools. He granted...

LaDonna Koebel: Employment and work-from-home scams prevalent during COVID-19 pandemic

Reports of scams to the Attorney General’s Office have skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with dollar losses up as much as 8,000 percent compared to 2019. In August 2020, employment and work-from-home scams accounted for nearly half of the dollar losses reported to our office. Scammers are preying on the vulnerabilities created by the pandemic and know that employment scams are...

Attorney General Daniel Cameron announces six Kentucky counties to undergo post-election audits

Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Wednesday announced six randomly selected Kentucky counties to undergo post-general election audits. The Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) will conduct inquiries into Fleming, Hickman, Lawrence, Livingston, Anderson, and Boone counties to determine if any irregularities occurred during the 2020 general election. Attorney General Daniel...

Cameron joins Kosair Charities, Kentucky Youth Advocates to release Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit

Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined Kentucky Youth Advocates, Kosair Charities, and statewide partners in the Face It Movement to announce the release of a Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit. Developed by the Attorney General’s Criminal Division, the toolkit equips Kentucky prosecutors with best practices and resources to prosecute child abuse cases. “The Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit provides...

Grand Jury audio recordings in Breonna Taylor investigation provided to Jefferson Circuit Court

Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s Office of Special Prosecutions on Friday filed with the Jefferson Circuit Court the Grand Jury audio recordings related to the investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor. The recordings were filed prior to Friday’s noon deadline ordered by a Jefferson Circuit Court Judge in the case of Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Brett Hankison. In compliance with the Judge’s...

Jefferson County Grand Jury indicts former Louisville MPD detective in death of Breonna Taylor

Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Wednesday the completion of the Special Prosecution Unit’s (SPU) investigation into the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor. The findings of the investigation were presented to a Jefferson County Grand Jury, and the Grand Jury indicted former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Detective Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment, a Class D felony. “The...

Kentucky Supreme Court hears suit brought by three businesses related to Beshear’s executive orders

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday on whether Gov. Andy Beshear exceeded his Constitutional authority on executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic. 
A lawsuit was filed in June by three Northern Kentucky businesses: Florence Speedway, Bean’s Café and Bakery, and Little Links to Learning, a daycare center. The suit was not filed due to...

Multi-state settlement of more than $7 million in debt relief to help former ITT students in Kentucky

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced a multi-state settlement resulting in more than $7 million in debt relief for former ITT Technical Institute (ITT) students in Kentucky with loans from PEAKS Trust. The settlement resolves allegations that PEAKS, Deutsche Bank National Trust Company (DBNTC), Deutsche Bank Trust Company Delaware (DBTCB), and Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas (DBTCA) violated...

State officials warn Kentucky voters of bogus mailers and texts; election scams aimed at Kentuckians

Secretary of State Michael Adams and Attorney General Daniel Cameron are warning Kentuckians about two election scams. In one, Kentuckians are receiving letters from a group called the “Center for Voter Information,” pushing them to register to vote. However, the letters have been sent to people who are already registered to vote. The Center purports to have a Frankfort address on its mailers,...

Cameron announces $84M multistate settlement with American Honda Motor Company over safety issues

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced a more than $84 million multistate settlement with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Honda of America Mfg., Inc., over allegations Honda concealed safety issues related to defects in the frontal airbag systems installed in certain Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the United States. The systems were designed and manufactured by Takata Corporation, a long-time...

Attorney General Daniel Cameron files motion to defend placing Marsy’s Law on November ballot

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court to defend placing Marsy’s Law, a proposed constitutional amendment that provides a “Bill of Rights” for crime victims in Kentucky, on the November ballot. “The Kentucky Constitution permits the General Assembly to place proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot for consideration by the people,” said Attorney...

As Kentucky’s number of coronavirus cases rise, Beshear calls AG’s action ‘truly frightening’

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear did not mince words when talking about Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s motion filed Wednesday to block all of the governor’s orders and guidelines instituted since March to protect the spread of COVID-19 and to stop him from issuing future orders. “It is truly frightening,” Beshear said of the motion, which he said would “remove the authority...

Boone Circuit judge issues temporary restraining order to keep Beshear administration from enforcing some executive orders

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Northern Kentucky judge has issued a temporary restraining order to keep the Beshear administration from enforcing some of their executive orders issued to control the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, a hearing was held on a lawsuit filed in Boone Circuit Court by Florence Speedway (a half-mile dirt track, not to be confused with Kentucky Speedway in Sparta), and Little...

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron asks legislators for law to limit governor’s powers

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron urged lawmakers to consider making changes to the law that gives a governor emergency powers. During testimony before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Cameron said the law passed in 1998, known as KRS Chapter 39A, mentioned many potential emergency situations. “Even with this comprehensive list, I’m...

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky provides critical training to strengthen communities after pandemic

Preparing Kentucky for a prosperous future after the COVID-19 pandemic begins with our youngest citizens. The latest social science shows creating healthy connections for our children help them grow into adults who strengthen Kentucky communities and build our economy. Times of high stress and uncertainty increase the risk of exposure to violence or trauma that can affect growing brains, but child...