Fletcher and Opponent Split on Pardoning Powers

When it comes to pardoning powers, Governor Ernie Fletcher and his Democratic opponent in the November 6 election are split.

Governor Fletcher feels the governor's pardoning power should stay as they are.

Steve Beshear, a former lieutenant governor, feels there should be new limits.

Fletcher pardoned his entire administration to head off an investigation into his administration's hiring practices.

He said Kentucky's chief executive must maintain that power to protect people from prosecutorial misconduct.

Beshear said that Fletcher abused his constitutional authority and thinks the General Assembly should pass a constitutional amendment letting voters decide.

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