Judge Orders Beverage Tape To Stay Sealed

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Franklin County judge has ruled that
videotaped testimony from a former transportation official involved
in the state hiring scandal will remain sealed from the public.
Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate ruled that releasing
Sam Beverage's videotaped interview with prosecutors could cause
more damage than maintaining its confidentiality. Beverage gave the
interview as part a plea agreement.
Wingate originally authorized the release of the tape, but
changed his mind when Attorney General Greg Stumbo objected.
The court has previously released written testimony that
Beverage offered to avoid a possible prison sentence on a felony
perjury charge related to a state hiring investigation.
Beverage was charged with felony perjury for allegedly lying to
a special grand jury investigating charges that Governor Fletcher's
administration illegally rewarded political supporters with
protected state jobs.

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


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