Fletcher Promises More Pardons, Makes Last-Minute Appointments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Ernie Fletcher spent his last day in office poring over pardon requests and making appointments to vacant seats on state boards and commissions.

Fletcher had already pardoned nine women, most of whom were convicted of killing abusive spouses.

Those pardons, announced Sunday, were Fletcher's first since those he offered to his entire administration in the wake of an indictments related to a grand jury probe into alleged illegal patronage.

Fletcher, an ordained Baptist minister whose term ends at midnight on Monday, said he opted to pardon the women "based on their individual circumstances."

The five abuse victims, Jilletta W. Turner, Stacy Lyons, Teresa Fay Vincent, Antoinette Johnson and Gabrielle L. Cecil, are in state prisons. Cecil, Turner and Vincent are serving murder sentences, and Lyons and Johnson were convicted of manslaughter. Green was in prison for murder but was given a full pardon.

Public defender Marguerite Neill-Thomas said in most of the cases the women had lived in fear of abusive husbands.

Fletcher aides had said he intended to issue additional pardons, though he had not done so as of 6 p.m. EST on Monday. Deputy General Counsel Garland Hale "Andy" Barr IV said an announcement would be made later Monday evening.

The outgoing governor appointed 46 people on Monday to seats on state boards and commissions, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on its Web site.

Among those appointees was Kenny Bishop, Fletcher's director of the governor's mansion and a Grammy-nominated gospel singer, who was named to a seat on the Kentucky Center for the Arts. The term expires April 29, 2009.

Carol Jean Cave, wife of Fletcher's chief of staff, was appointed to the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television on Friday for a term expiring June 30, 2009.

Also, Cherri G. Moore, chief of staff to first lady Glenna Fletcher, was appointed to the Historic Properties Advisory Commission on Friday for a term expiring Aug. 11, 2010. Moore worked with Mrs. Fletcher during the final stages of the renovations of the first floor of the governor's mansion.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Angela Location: Kentucky on Dec 11, 2007 at 04:39 PM
    I think Gov. Fletcher done a good thing for the women. I know, I have lived in an abousive relation ship for the most of my life. To scared to do anything because I know the least little things set my husband off. I know without a dout he would kill me an never think another thing about it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by rob Location: e ky on Dec 11, 2007 at 02:39 PM
    birds of a feather. fletcher seems at ease with the criminal element. well things have got to look up from here on. if they get any more crooked they will run there campain out of prison. something else for the rest of the usa to laugh about.
  • by Jim Location: Lexington on Dec 10, 2007 at 10:40 PM
    This kind of stuff stinks. Police and prosecutors work for months, juries sit and weigh the evidence for weeks, and then politics wins out in the end for a few with connections. Another Fletcher outrage.
  • by marilyn Location: london ky on Dec 10, 2007 at 09:34 PM
    I think it's wonderful to give people a second chance. At least we still have
  • by Hey There Location: Lexington on Dec 10, 2007 at 04:52 PM
    Gov Fletcher, thank you for you unparrelled service to Kentucky, you will never be forgotten by me. Please pardon the ignorant people for making the worst mistake in KY's history for not giving our state's best leader a second term. You are the definition of a great leader.
  • by steve on Dec 10, 2007 at 04:40 PM
    Yea he should pardon steve beashear for what he has done and all the biased liberal meadia you libs may have won the battle but the war is on its way.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Dec 10, 2007 at 04:33 PM
    If you can't beat 'em, then hijack their administration by appointing your cronies to serve during the first 3 years of their administration, so they can make bad decisions, then it gives the new Gov a black eye. Way to go Ernie. This is the last big middle finger to the people of Kentucky before he leaves at midnight. He did it the first time when he pardoned everyone in the merit hiring scandal, and now he does it going out the door by giving all his former aides, who are jobless as of midnight, appointments to boards to keep his legacy alive and screw the people for at least 3 more years. The legislature needs to address this in the session next month and not allow any Governor to make appointments to boards or commissions after losing an election.


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