Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Fletcher case sent back to circuit court



The Associated Press

FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Court of Appeals refused to issue an injunction Monday that could have knocked Republican Ernie Fletcher out of the governor's race.

Instead, the three-person appellate panel sent the matter back to Franklin County Circuit Court and ordered the court to make its decision by next Monday.

Republican Bob Heleringer, gubernatorial candidate Steve Nunn's running mate, asked the court for an injunction that could have prevented Secretary of State John Y. Brown from listing Fletcher as a candidate for governor in the May primary.

An Oldham Circuit Court judge declared Fletcher's original running mate, Hunter Bates, an ineligible candidate because he did not live in Kentucky for most of the last six years. Bates lived much of the last six years in a Washington, suburb while working for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Fletcher named Steve Pence, a former U.S. attorney for the western district of Kentucky, as his new running mate last week.




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