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The governor's office continues to argue the extent of the pardoning ability. Fletcher and the attorney general's office are currently in a debate on whether the pardon's extend to other indictments. The practicality of the situation as Cynicus mentioned in a comment to a previous post is if Fletcher wants his pardons to work the way he wants them too, he might as well hand them a certificate to commit crimes at no charge. The Herald-Leader ran a feature by Ryan Alessi discussing the issue.
FRANKFORT - The attorney for the governor's office accused prosecutors of leading a grand jury to continue to indict public officials solely for the purpose of smearing those individuals' names in the jurors' final report.
For more than five months, the grand jury has combed through evidence and summoned more than 100 witnesses to investigate allegations that Fletcher's administration ignored merit hiring laws, which require that rank-and-file jobs be filled based on qualifications, not politics.
posted by Stithmeister @ 8:31 AM
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Ah, actually, what i was saying was that if the KY governor can issue legal pardons for unnamed individuals for unspecified crimes, in advance, then Felcher has the power to essentially issue licenses to commit crimes.
The further point was that, if such power is there then it will be used, and Kentucky is a hunting ground for anyone who has good relations with the governor and is interested in commiting offenses below the Federal level.
The conclusion i reached was to get the maximum benefit from the inevitable and reduce the injustice to the (still insanely great) minimum, the governor should openly sell them for cash, with the purchasers clearly named. The money could go into the KY Treasury, and you could know to flee the state if your ex buys a license to kill.
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