Fletcher Hires Prominent Lawyer

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Former Watergate prosecutor James Neal has been hired to represent Governor Ernie Fletcher in the ongoing investigation of his administration's hiring practices.

Prosecutor Scott Crawford-Sutherland says Fletcher hired Neal, one of the highest profile defense attorneys in the country.

A spokesman in Fletcher's office says the state is not paying for Neal's services.

In Kentucky, Neal once represented former state Democratic Party Chairman Howard P. "Sonny" Hunt.

Hunt went to federal prison for refusing to answer federal grand jury charges about activities in the administration of former Governor Julian Carroll.

Fletcher has been subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury next Tuesday.

A lawyer in Neal's Nashville office declined to answer questions about whether the subpoena would be challenged.