Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Attorney General Greg Stumbo agreed to end the governor’s criminal case and argued over what it all means, says the Louisville Courier- Journal. Fletcher denied he personally broke laws but took responsibility for “inappropriate” acts by his administration and conceded evidence “strongly indicates wrongdoing” in state hiring. Three misdemeanor charges of political patronage against Fletcher were dismissed.
Fletcher said he was “cleared of all charges” and “exonerated of all allegations.” Stumbo replied: “What the governor is saying is just spin.” He added: “obviously this administration is by and large guilty of what the grand jury found as violations of the law.” Defense attorney M. Stephen Pitt said charges were dropped because the case was weak against Fletcher, 53, the first Republican governor since 1971. “As a former prosecutor myself, I know you don’t drop a case you can win. They must have realized they cannot win,” Pitt said.