Highway Commissioner Asks For More Time In Ethics Proceedings

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State Highway Commissioner Marc Williams
has asked a Franklin County circuit judge to temporarily halt
ethics proceedings against him in the wake of a possible criminal
The Executive Branch Ethics Commission had previously charged
Williams with a state ethics violation for allegedly trying to
steer a Harrison County bridge project to a specific engineering
The ethics commission hearing is scheduled to take place on
Sept. 24, but Williams asked for a delay while the Kentucky
attorney general's office conducts a related investigation.
Former State Highway Engineer Sam Beverage recently avoided a
possible prison stay in June when he agreed to a deal with
prosecutors that reduced a felony perjury charge to misdemeanor
official misconduct.
Beverage also told prosecutors that state officials had used a
$42 million transportation fund as a "large campaign chest" used
to hand out favors to supporters and lawmakers who voted in line
with Gov. Ernie Fletcher's administration.
Guthrie True, Williams' attorney in the case, asked Franklin
County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd for a temporary injunction
until the attorney general's office completes its probe following
up on Beverage's allegations.
True told reporters after the hearing that his request was not
related to Fletcher's re-election efforts.
Shepherd said he would review the case and try to have a ruling
by Monday.

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

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  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Sep 14, 2007 at 07:29 AM
    Since when are ethics and politics related?
  • by Steve Location: Georgetown KY on Sep 14, 2007 at 02:50 AM
    Another ethics headache for Ernie! He has got some nerve to talk about others ethics when his house is not in order! This wondered why it took 32 years for a repub gov? Now you know! Ernie Fletcher and George W. Bush are the best things to happen to the democrats! Fletcher out!


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