FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky judge will not reverse his ruling declaring Republican Gov. Matt Bevin was wrong to abolish and replace the board of trustees at the University of Louisville.
Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled last month Bevin's order abolishing the board was illegal. Bevin's attorneys asked him to reconsider, arguing Shepherd misinterpreted some facts and legal precedents in forming the opinion.
Friday, Shepherd denied Bevin's motion, saying none of Bevin's arguments are enough to reverse his order.
The effect of Bevin's motion is it gives him more time to appeal the original decision. Now that Shepherd has declined to change the order, it gives Bevin another 30 days to ask the state Court of Appeals to review the decision.
A statement from Attorney General Andy Beshear:
“The governor has now been told twice by the court that his reorganization of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees was illegal. With the university’s accreditation at serious risk, it’s time for the governor to drop any further court action and make the five available appointments to the board. The students and faculty at U of L deserve to have finality in this case. The governor can give them that by making these appointments.”