News 2/27/14

“Babysitting not our job,” says family group

LEXINGTON, KY—”We shouldn’t have to babysit the state’s attorney general in order to make sure he does his job,” said Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst with The Family Foundation. Cothran had criticized Attorney General Jack Conway for spiking the case defending Kentucky’s marriage law after it declined yesterday to file a stay after being asked by a judge.

The stay was filed this morning at the eleventh hour and an hour and seven minutes after Cothran’s organization issued the criticism.

“The Attorney General was clearly not intending to do its job. It only did what it was supposed to do after someone shed light on the fact that he was about to take one more action that favored those who are trying to disenfranchise Kentucky voters on the issue of marriage.”

“We need an attorney general who is going to fight for the rights of Kentucky voters against judges who are trying to take important issues out of the democratic process, not someone who is helping the other side by dragging his feet.”

Cothran had criticized the Attorney General earlier in the morning for intentionally not putting forward the best case for the law.

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Group charges AG with legal malpractice in marriage case

LEXINGTON, KY—”This is a betrayal of Kentucky voters,” said a spokesman for the group that spearheaded the fight for the Marriage Protection Amendment in 2004 of Attorney General Jack Conway’s conduct in the defense of the Kentucky law. ”The only thing missing is the thirty pieces of silver.”

Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst for the group, charged Attorney General Jack Conway with spiking the state’s defense of the Marriage Protection Amendment by failing to use arguments that could have made a difference in the judge’s ruling and by not taking actions he could have taken. “Not only was his brief in the Bourne vs. Beshear case badly argued, but yesterday attorneys for the AG and Gov. Steve Beshear didn’t even ask for a stay in the judge’s ruling despite being asked by the judge point blank if they wanted one.”

“If this were a private case, it would be legal malpractice.”

Cothran said Conway should either put real effort into defending Kentucky voters or admit that he is complicit in letting the court disenfranchise them on this issue. “The longer the Attorney General drags his feet on this case, the worse it is for Kentucky voters.”

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