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Mother withdraws motion to make records public

A lawyer for the mother of a juvenile denied a public defender has withdrawn a motion to make some confidential court records public, a judge said Tuesday.

Lawyer Chad Butcher had asked for records of a July 14 hearing to be opened for a federal lawsuit the mother planned to file against the Department of Public Advocacy and the state.

It is not clear why Butcher withdrew the motion, or whether the mother still intended to pursue a lawsuit. Butcher declined to comment after the hearing.

A hearing to discuss Butcher's motion in Fayette Family Court on Tuesday morning was not open to the public. After the motion was withdrawn, a reporter was called into the courtroom and Circuit Judge John Schrader announced that the motion had been rescinded.

Beginning July 1, public defenders began withdrawing from certain types of cases because of budget cuts. A lawyer had asked to withdraw from the juvenile's case.

Butcher forwarded a copy of the motion to the Herald-Leader's lawyers Monday. Schrader said it was “probably improper” that it was given to the newspaper.

Schrader cited two Kentucky statutes that make juvenile court records and hearings confidential.

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