Friday, May 12, 2006

Kentucky Governor Indicted on Misdemeanor Charges Related to Hiring Practices

Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher was indicted by a state grand jury on charges of conspiracy, official misconduct, and illegally discriminating against a state employee on the basis of politics.  The Kentucky Attorney General, Greg Stumbo, is a Democrat, and Governor Fletcher is a Republican, so it should come as no surprise that allegations of political motivation have been raised about the charges.  A press release (here) issued by the Governor's Office states, "This has been a politically motivated, media-driven investigation from the start . . . Because of the politicization of this entire investigation, we are filing a motion at this time to disqualify Greg Stumbo and his entire office from further participation in this matter.”  According to an AP story (here) discussing the latest charges, "Last summer, Fletcher pardoned everyone in his administration other than himself who could be charged in the case, although a legal debate continues over whether a blanket pardon issued before charges are filed is valid."  This one should get a lot more wild in the next few months, not that Kentucky politics has ever been very tame. (ph)

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