Judge Will Decide Next Week Whether To Release Beverage Tapes

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A judge will decide next week whether to
release the videotaped testimony of a former Transportation Cabinet
official who alleged wrongdoing by Governor Fletcher's
administration.
Franklin Circuit Court judge Thomas Wingate said he may have
acted too quickly in allowing the release of a written summary of
the potential testimony former state highway engineer Sam Beverage
gave to state prosecutors.
Beverage told state prosecutors last fall that Fletcher
hand-picked road projects that should receive funding. Beverage
gave the testimony as part of a plea deal.
WHAS-TV in Louisville argued that the tapes should be released
because the public had a right to know what information the state
received in exchange for the deal.
Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey R. Prather said releasing the
video would hinder the investigation, which he said could take
several months.
Wingate originally authorized the release of the tape, but
changed his mind when Attorney General Greg Stumbo objected.
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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
http://www.kentucky.com

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