Those Pardoned May Testify

A Frankfort, Ky., judge said seven people pardoned by Governor Fletcher must testify in an upcoming perjury trial of a state employee.

In February 2007, State Highway Engineer, Sam Beverage will be tried for allegedly lying to the grand jury that spent 15 months investigating the hiring practice of Governor Fletcher’s administration.

The grand jury returned 29 indictments last August. Fletcher issued blanket pardons to any member of his administration who might be charged.

Prosecutor Scott Crawford-Sutherland said the seven may try to plead the fifth, so their testimony can’t be used against them later in federal court.

Franklin Circuit Judge, Thomas Wingate said he won’t allow this to happen.

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