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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  • by herbert Location: ky on Dec 19, 2007 at 03:42 PM
    looks like a stack of democrats starting up just what they scream and yelled about... take today's move by stumbo:)! GO FLETCHER you did nothing compared to what will become...!
  • by stalinast thugs on Dec 3, 2007 at 04:49 PM
    Shoes on you liberal wackos feet now better not look the wrong way or we will be there.
  • by Jane Location: Fayette Co. on Nov 29, 2007 at 07:20 PM
    The Gov. needs to go quietly on to his future, and leave behind what good has been accomplished as his last acts, not another pardoning! We've had enough of that to last a lifetime!! So, in the next 2 weeks, just be gracious but not so gullible!! People begging for favors are not really on your side...they've only used this gov. to gain for themselves, and have made fools of Gov.Fletcher....They're only out for themselves, but you've been too naive to see it. I would have been the same way had I been in your shoes with no more knowledge than you had as Gov....but learn from experience!! Don't pardon unless it's wives in prison for killing their abusive spouses...Leave the druggies to the court system, please!
  • by steve on Nov 29, 2007 at 07:02 PM
    Im sure your liberal cronies would make fletcher look like a angel the last 40 years you stalinists dictators.
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX,KY. on Nov 29, 2007 at 09:08 AM
    NO DISRESPECT,BUT I MUST SAY,OH WHAT A RELIEF IT IS THAT ERNIE WILL BE LEAVING THE BUILDING.TO ME,THE ABOVE MATTER REINFORCES ERNIE'S LIBERAL POSITION.IT'S A POSITION OF ABOVE THE LAW.WHEN I THINK OF ERNIE OR IF I'M IN CONVERSATIONS PERTAINING TO ERNIE,MY BOTTOM LINE IS HE'S HAD A MESSY POLITICAL CAREER.ALL WILL SEE THE MANY,MANY CHINKS IN HIS RECORD.I DO HONESTLY WISH HIM AND HIS FAMILY WELL AND GOOD HEALTH.FURTHER,I GET THE FEEL HE'S A SORE LOSER.HE DIDN'T GOVERN APPROPIATELY BY ANY MEANS.HE NEVER DID THE THINGS HE HAD TO DO IN ORDER TO GET WHAT HE WANTED TO DO(RE-ELECTED).AGAIN IWISH ERNIE AND HIS FAMILY WELL.KY.DID THE RIGHT THING BY ELECTING CHANGE.THANK YOU KY.HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND I SO WISH YOU ALL MANY,MANY MORE.
  • by Carol Location: KY on Nov 29, 2007 at 05:17 AM
    Just heard on the radio that Gov. Fletcher is looking at other pardons he may give before leaving office...The public is watching this closely....If he begins pardoning relatives of some already pardoned, we are going to know absolutely what an abuse of power this Governor has committed. Pardoning is a privilege of a governor, but not to be exercised lightly and total disregard for the truth, as has been done so far. And, Governor Fletcher, you have no idea what harm some have inflicted on their communities for many many years...Even if some do turn their lives around, there are definite occasions when there must be some punishment for the injustices reaped upon the greater community....or...you make a mockery of the so-called "justice" system. In some cases many lives and families have been destroyed by the actions of others, and this cannot be allowed no matter what the connection to your friends. Don't do that anymore, please!!!
  • by Doug Location: Georgetown on Nov 28, 2007 at 05:24 PM
    I guess that firing people because of their political beliefs didn't destroy their live. Most 12 yr olds have a better realiazation of right and wrong then this ex preacher does.

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