Thursday, May 11, 2006
It's a sad day for the Bluegrass State.
It is a sad day for the Bluegrass State. Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher was indicted in Franklin Circuit Court on three counts of misdemeanors, one of which carries a minimum penalty of thirty days in jail and removal from office. Although a Democrat, I hope that Ernie Fletcher is not guilty of all charges, and will be found not guilty of all charges. Remember, a person accused of a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty. While I was an Assistant Public Advocate and worked as a public defender in the Ernie Fletcher Administration, I often argued "presumed innocent until proven guilty" before Circuit Court Judges and District Court Judges in Harlan and Bell Counties on behalf of indigent and poor people accused of crimes. From the poorest man in a homeless shelter to the Governor, every Kentuckian accused of a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Trust and respect must be earned, and Kentucky Democrats have an opportunity to conduct ourselves in a manner to regain the trust and respect that the people of Kentucky had for us during the thirty years before the Fletcher Administration.