Governor Fletcher will have only one appointee sit as a special Kentucky Supreme Court justice in his appeal seeking to shut down an investigation into whether his administration broke state personnel laws.
Six justices, including one of Fletcher's political donors, ruled the governor could not appoint another special justice to sit in the appeal. Fletcher and the attorney general's office had disputed whether the governor had power to appoint another special justice after another of his political donors he appointed stepped down. That was Circuit Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette of Mount Vernon.
The court ruled 4-to-2 Thursday afternoon to maintain its current makeup in Fletcher's appeal. The governor sought to shut down the Franklin County special grand jury that has so far indicted 13 current and former administration officials and associates for allegedly breaking the state personnel law.