Governor candidates polar-opposites on pardons

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Governor Ernie Fletcher and his Democratic opponent in the November sixth election are split regarding the Kentucky chief executive's pardoning powers.

Fletcher, a Republican seeking re-election, feels the governor's pardoning power should stay as-is. Steve Beshear, a former lieutenant governor, feels there should be new limits.

Fletcher pardoned his entire administration to head off an investigation into his administration's hiring practices. He believes Kentucky's chief executive must maintain that power to protect people from prosecutorial misconduct.

Beshear says Fletcher abused his constitutional authority and thinks the General Assembly should pass a constitutional amendment letting voters decide.

Fletcher has called the investigation by Attorney General Greg
Stumbo's office a "political witch hunt." His administration was
investigated on allegations that supporters were hired in protected
state jobs based on political connections instead of qualifications. Fletcher was later indicted on three misdemeanors that were eventually dropped.

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

AP-NY-08-12-07 1424EDT


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  • by Jim Location: Lexington on Aug 12, 2007 at 07:18 PM
    They're all crooks, any one of them put in a situation that could put one or all of their buddies in jail would do the same thing Fletcher did. He can cry witch-hunt, but he broke the rules. And Beshear would do the same thing if he broke the rules. It's part of how our country is, the chief executive has the power to pardon, and does so when they please. Look at Ford pardoning Nixon, even though there was enough evidence that Nixon should've been hanged, but that's how our nation works. Get over it, it's nothing new. Crooked politicians (which includes all of them...you may go in an honest man/woman, but you won't come out that way) will take care of one another.
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY BB Location: LEX,KY. on Aug 12, 2007 at 01:37 PM
    I AM ABOUT THE PEOPLE CALLING SHOTS AND NOT THE PEOPLE WE ELECT.BESHEAR IS PUTTING US FIRST AND YOU GOT TO LOVE IT.BESHEAR IT,FLETCHER NOT IT.BE THERE ,SEE THERE BESHEAR.LET'S ROLL.

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