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Nighbert Pardon Debate Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The state has charge acting transportation secretary Bill Nighbert with violating the whistleblower law, saying he fired Missy McCray for testifying. The debate seems to be whether or not the pardon issued by Governor Fletcher would cover this indictment. Tom Loftus wrote a good piece in the Courier Journal. Here's an excerpt.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert was indicted yesterday on charges that he punished a whistleblower in the state hiring investigation, allegedly telling her that in his younger days he might have "socked her in the mouth."

Gov. Ernie Fletcher pardoned Nighbert last month on separate misdemeanor charges alleging that he made personnel decisions on the basis of politics, not qualifications, which would break state hiring laws.

The new indictment accuses Nighbert of punishing Sarah Missy McCray by rejecting a recommendation that she receive a special pay raise.

It also alleges that Nighbert told McCray that if it were 20 years ago, "I probably would have come back there and socked you in the mouth."


This is just one more thing by the Fletcher administration. The question I have at this point relates more to the pardons though. Assuming all these pardons are accepted, doesn't that mean that all pardoned parties have to admit guilt to accept those pardons? If this is the case, based on the way the law reads, wouldn't that mean that many of these appointees wouldn't be eligible to keep their jobs? Just a thought. I might have been answered on some of the other blogs but I must admit I've been a bit lax in examining those lately.

posted by Stithmeister @ 8:25 AM

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At 8:56 PM, Blogger Cynicus said...
Come on, he only punished whistleblowing and made 'terroristic threats'. It's not like he violated the anti-duelling oath.

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At 9:31 PM, Blogger Daniel S. said...
Ernie is shot in the foot with this latest one.

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