Fletcher Chooses His Own Judges

by TChris

Gov. Ernie Fletcher in Kentucky is at it again. As TalkLeft noted here, Fletcher used his pardon power to block the prosecution of state officials who were indicted for making illegal patronage appointments to state positions without regard to qualifications. Fletcher also purported to pardon anyone else who might be indicted in the future.

Whether the grand jury can continue to issue indictments is an issue before Kentucky's Supreme Court. Some might think that Fletcher is rigging the outcome by appointing two judges to sit on the case as replacements for two justices who recused themselves.

"It is unprecedented for the governor's office to choose the judges in its own case," [Attorney General Greg] Stumbo said in a statement.

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