Ky. Governor Says He'll
Pardon Targets of Probe
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R) granted blanket pardons to current and former members of his administration who have been charged in an investigation into alleged improper hiring.
The move Monday came on the eve of Fletcher's appearance before a grand jury investigating his administration's hiring practices.
"I cannot allow state government to continue to be consumed by this game of political 'gotcha,' paralyzing our ability to serve," Fletcher said at the Capitol Rotunda.
He said he would appear before the grand jury but would not testify. The grand jury was impaneled in June and has charged nine current and former members of Fletcher's administration with misdemeanor violations of the state's personnel law for allegedly basing hiring on political considerations rather than merit.
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