AP: Fletcher Says He Stands By Blanket Pardon

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Governor Ernie Fletcher says he stands by
his blanket pardon during the height of an investigation into his
administration's hiring practices.

Fletcher, in an interview with The Associated Press, says he
felt Attorney General Greg Stumbo's investigation into allegations
his administration improperly gave protected state jobs to
political supporters was destroying lives. Fletcher says he hopes
people will eventually look back on his August 2005 decision as the
right thing to do.

A grand jury indicted Fletcher on misdemeanor charges, which
were later dropped in a deal with prosecutors.

Fletcher, who lost the governor's race to Democrat Steve
Beshear, leaves office next month.

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