Governor Pardons Prohibited

Another Representative has filed a constitutional amendment that would prohibit Kentucky governors from pardoning themselves and others unless they have been formally charged or convicted of a crime.

If approved by the legislature, Kentucky voters would consider the measure in November 2008.

The amendment proposed by State Representative Darryl Owens of Louisville, would prohibit blanket pardons of persons who had not been charged with a crime.

The person would be requiring the person seeking the pardon to apply for a reprieve.