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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  • by Charlie Location: Lexington on Oct 17, 2007 at 04:58 AM
    I doubt he could stop it. He couldn't sue Marathon or indict Ernie Fletcher. We really need to look at who we vote for the next AG
  • by Peggy Location: Ky on Oct 16, 2007 at 02:28 PM
    Why wouldn't Greg Stumbo want an investigation into the probe if he's on the up and up?He was so fast at wanting the state of Kentucky to 'know' the kind of man Fletcher is.Why wouldn't we want to know what kind of man he is,too.As if we didn't already know it was all political.What's Stumbo have to hide?Many skeletons.
  • by Steve Location: Carlisle on Oct 16, 2007 at 11:19 AM
    Anonymous complaint? Why are they even investigating this? If the accuser doesn't have the guts to say who they are, then you know it's all (edited)
  • by jake Location: richmond on Oct 16, 2007 at 07:43 AM
    lets save this investigation they are all guilty.. set strict money limits on campaigns and get the rich and criminals out of office.. sad but true most politicians are clowns..
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Oct 16, 2007 at 05:49 AM
    Wow...I once had a blockage and the doctors needed to use a probe. Dave...I agree, Eddie Munster it is...look at the hair....LOL!
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Oct 15, 2007 at 06:51 PM
    Did'nt he play Eddie Munster as a child.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 14, 2007 at 07:32 PM
    WOW! You mean to tell me that indictments into Gov. Fletcher's hiring practices could have been something more than political. I cannot believe that the voters of this state would allow someone (AG Stumbo) to spend an untold amount of money on 3 misdemeanors charges. Not very cost effective. Of course AG Stumbo wants to block the ethics probe into his investigation because anyone with a brain can see his investigation into Gov. Fletchers hiring practices was nothing more than a meager attempt to use the law to sway political opinion. History tells us that anyone elected into office surrounds themselves with members of their party. I assure you, the next Gov. with do the same thing, democrat or republican.
  • by Steve Location: irvine on Oct 14, 2007 at 05:44 PM
    Well well well looks like you dems have your own problems nifong anyone?
  • by steve Location: irvine on Oct 13, 2007 at 06:08 PM
    Well well well the truth is comeing out my my my you boys are falling apart right in front of our eyes we see the sham you have going Fletcher will prevail over a bunch of lying lawyers good day beasher lovers.


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