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Kentucky governor charged with conspiracy, misconduct over hiring practices

[JURIST] Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher [website] of Kentucky has been charged [indictment, PDF] with criminal conspiracy, official misconduct and political discrimination as part of an ongoing investigation into the governor's hiring practices [timeline]. In a press release responding to the indictment from Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo [website], the governor's office called the probe "a politically motivated, media-driven investigation" and added that they would be "filing a motion at this time to disqualify Greg Stumbo and his entire office from further participation in this matter." The motion [PDF text; support memorandum, PDF] was filed Friday.

The indictment alleges that Fletcher and other members of his administration examined the backgrounds of job candidates extensively including delving into past political affiliations and contributions. Possible penalties for Fletcher range from six months to a year in jail and a $500 fine. AP has more. From Louisville, the Courier-Journal has local coverage.

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