Parenting columnist drops Kentucky attorney general from federal lawsuit

raretakis@herald-leader.comJuly 25, 2013 

Parenting advice columnist John Rosemond agreed Thursday to dismiss Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway from a federal lawsuit for violations of his right to free speech.

Assistant Attorney General Brian T. Judy sent Rosemond a cease-and-desist affidavit in May, threatening legal action if he did not stop labeling himself as a psychologist and practicing psychology in Kentucky without a state license.

Rosemond sued the attorney general and the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology in federal court on July 16, claiming they attempted to censor his column.

Rosemond, a licensed psychological associate in North Carolina, identifies himself as a "family psychologist" in his parenting advice columns. The nationally syndicated columnist takes an anti-coddling approach to parenting that has been controversial. His columns are published in more than 200 newspapers, including the Herald-Leader.

Judy, who is counsel to the psychology board, "inadvertently" printed the affidavit on official Attorney General letterhead when he threatened legal action against Rosemond, according to a statement from the attorney general's office earlier this week.

In a statement Thursday, Conway said he was pleased to resolve the issue quickly.

"I did not send the letter that led to the suit, and I appreciate Mr. Rosemond and his attorney recognizing that the attorney who did send it was acting on behalf of the Kentucky Board of Psychology — not the Office of the Attorney General," Conway said.

According to court documents, Conway also agreed to not pursue legal action against Rosemond until the case is resolved.

On Thursday, attorney Paul Sherman, who represents Rosemond, said his client is moving forward with the case.

"We are confident both that this case is going to stay in federal court and ultimately John will prevail," he said.

Rachel Aretakis: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @heraldleader.

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