Governor Ernie Fletcher’s lawyers say the Attorney General’s office agreed to have charges against the Governor dismissed because prosecutors didn’t have a good case. A judge signed a negotiated agreement today dismissing misdemeanor charges against Fletcher and ending the criminal case.
The governor broke state laws by basing personnel decisions on political consideration. Fletcher was indicted in May, on charges of criminal conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination.
But an order signed by special Judge David Melcher today dismisses the charges with prejudice, meaning they cannot be brought up again. In the settlement, defense attorney and prosecutors agreed the investigation and prosecution by the Attorney General’s office were necessary and a proper exercise of his constitutional duty.
Fletcher’s administration says, “Throughout the ordeal the Governor has maintained his focus on improving
education, assuring healthcare for Kentucky families, and growing economic opportunities for jobs and businesses.
“Now that this distraction is over, the Governor and his administration will sharpen efforts to make the Commonwealth of Kentucky a better place to live and work.”
To view the Agreed Order dealing with Governor Fletcher click here