Attorney general's office wants to block ethics probe

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Attorney General Greg Stumbo's office is
attempting to block a state ethics panel from investigating how it
handled a probe into Governor Ernie Fletcher's administration.

Stumbo's office has asked a Franklin County judge to block - with a temporary injunction - the Executive Branch Ethics Commission from investigating the matter.

An anonymous, "informal" complaint to the commission claims
Stumbo used the Fletcher investigation to help his political career. Stumbo unsuccessfully ran this year for lieutenant governor and is considering a run for U.S. Senate.

Stumbo's office investigated Fletcher's administration on claims that political supporters were improperly given protected state jobs. Fletcher was indicted on three misdemeanors that were eventually dropped in a deal with prosecutors.

The attorney general's office argued in a court filing that the commission does not have legal authority to review anonymous complaints.

Jill LeMaster, the commission's executive director, has declined to say how the commission is handling the anonymous complaint.

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate is scheduled to hear arguments regarding the attorney general's motion on Monday.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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