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Williams Fights Motion to Unseal Divorce Records

According to the Courier Journal, an attorney for state Senate President David Williams objected to publicly unsealing depositions from his 2003 divorce. The documents apparently show the Republican gubernatorial candidate reported gambling losses of about $36,000.

The Courier-Journal filed a motion to unseal the records. An attorney for Williams and his ex-wife both opposed the motion to unseal the documents in order to protect their privacy. In a later interview, Williams said the bottom line is that he respects his ex-wife and her privacy.

In front of Cumberland Circuit Judge Eddie Lovelace, the motion to unseal divorce documents was called a fishing expedition by the local paper. Williams’ attorney argued it was nothing more than a smear campaign and an attempt to discredit the candidate.

The depositions of Williams and his ex-wife were taken in 2003 and their divorce was granted that May. Judge Lovelace said the burden is on Williams and his ex-wife to show why the depositions should not be released. The judge gave them 10 days to give reasons in writing. During the hearing, the judge said he would like to make a formal ruling before the primary.

Most of Williams’ divorce pleadings had been made public. One showed that Williams reported gambling losses during a four-year span. Williams confirmed those losses in a recent interview, even though he has opposed casino gambling in Kentucky in the past. Under Kentucky law, divorce and other court records are presumed public and that a court must adopt the narrowest approach possible in sealing them, such as redacting private information.

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