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Fletcher Will Not Pardon Himself

(COVINGTON, Ky.) -- Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher told FOX 19 Thursday night that he will not pardon himself in the state's merit hiring scandal.

On Wednesday Fletcher demanded the resignations of nine top officials in his administration -- all of whom he had previously pardoned. Attorney General Greg Stumbo had helped indict officials -- including Deputy Chief of Staff and former Kenton County Judge Executive Dick Murgatroyd -- who were accused of hiring state employees based on political influence.

Fletcher denied that he or the other officials knowingly broke any laws, but he said he asked for the resignations in order to move forward with more substantive issues. He continued to accuse Stumbo of playing politics.

Stumbo has said it will be up to a grand jury to determine if Fletcher should be indicted.

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