Kentucky Gov. Fletcher Indicted on Conspiracy, Misconduct Charges

A grand jury indicted Gov. Ernie Fletcher on misdemeanor charges Thursday, accusing him of illegally rewarding political supporters with state jobs since taking office two years ago.

Fletcher was charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and violating a prohibition against political discrimination. His spokesman Troy Body said the governor's office would release a statement later Thursday.

For nearly a year, the special grand jury has been investigating whether the Fletcher administration broke state law by basing personnel decisions on political considerations.

Thirteen other current and former administration officials and associates were previously indicted on misdemeanor counts, and the grand jury handed down another 14 sealed indictments Thursday.

The grand jury is set to expire May 19, but Scott Crawford-Sutherland, a prosecutor in the attorney general's office, said earlier Thursday that he expected to request an extension.