Governor Fletcher's Arraignment

By Associated Press | 

One of Governor Fletcher's attorneys says the governor will plead not guilty to three misdemeanor charges against him.

However, Fletcher won't appear at the arraignment hearing on June 9.

Attorney Stephen Pitt says the judge in the case has allowed Fletcher's lawyers to enter a plea for the governor. All Fletcher has to do is sign a statement waiving his right to appear.

The charges stem from a state investigation into the governor's hiring practices. He and other members of his administration are accused of awarding political supporters with protected state jobs.

Deputy Attorney General Pierce Whites says his office doesn't object to Fletcher not attending the arraignment.

Pitt says it isn't uncommon for defendants to let their attorneys appear for them, and that the governor isn't receiving any special treatment.