Monday, October 15, 2001

Part of nepotism law ruled unconstitutional

The Associated Press

        LANCASTER — A Garrard Circuit Court judge has overruled a portion of the state's nepotism law, agreeing with a school board member who would have been removed because his uncle works for the school system.

        Greg Crutchfield had argued that the section of the anti-nepotism law cited by the state attorney general's office in seeking his removal is unconstitutional.

        “I don't think there's anything that prevents me from declaring a portion of the statute unconstitutional,” Judge Hunter Daugherty said on Friday.

        Mr. Crutchfield was elected in November 2000. His uncle, Joe Crutchfield, works for the Garrard County school system.

        Attorney General Ben Chandler's office filed suit in March to remove Greg Crutchfield from the board. The law states that no one can serve on a board of education if he or she has a relative who works in that school district.

        “Relative” is defined as father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, son-in-law or daughter-in-law.

        Mr. Crutchfield argued that the state's definition is arbitrary. He complained that if his niece or nephew worked for the school district, he would be eligible.

        The attorney general's office said it would appeal.


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