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mistertrickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 11:57 AM
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Judge Rules Ky. Gov. Can't Be Prosecuted
By ROGER ALFORD

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A judge ruled Friday that Gov. Ernie Fletcher, under fire for a hiring scandal, is protected by executive immunity and cannot be prosecuted while in office.

Fletcher, Kentucky's first Republican governor in three decades, was indicted in May on charges that his administration rewarded political supporters with protected state jobs. He has accused the Democratic attorney general of conducting a politically motivated investigation.

Special Judge David E. Melcher essentially stayed the case until Fletcher's term expires, or unless he is removed through impeachment by the Legislature.

Scott Crawford-Sutherland, the attorney general's top prosecutor, urged the judge not to dismiss the case, saying no man is above the law.

http://channels.isp.netscape.com/news/story.jsp?flok=FF...

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Now we see how the system works, don't we, kids?

A sitting DEMOCRATIC president Bill Clinton can be taken to civil court on trumped up and OLD charges of sexual harrassment, but a REPUBLICAN governor can't be prosecuted for ethics and conflict-of-interest even though job related.

IOKIYAR.

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Not a moonbat Donating Member (22 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 12:05 PM
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1. Clinton's a bad analogy
Civil court and criminal court are two different animals. Clinton was never charged criminally for perjury. If they have an impeachment process then it probably is the proper procedure.

I despise Fletcher though, I lived in Kentucky when he first got elected to Congress, basically by outing Ernesto Scorsone.
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mistertrickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 12:13 PM
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2. That should be all the more reason . . . civil cases are usually
less justified than criminal.

If the courts don't allow criminal suits to be filed, then they should be even less willing to allow civil cases.

It's just more of the old double standard.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 12:17 PM
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3. duplicate topic
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