Former Governor Ernie Fletcher’s (Former. Wow.) list of pardons and commutations was quite long at 101 people. Ernest Lee’s pardon pen was warmed up in 2005, you’ll recall, when he pardoned his entire corrupt administration before most of them were indicted.
One of the recipients of Ernie’s latest pardons is a guy who hasn’t been convicted of anything– someone we’ve been highly critical of– Morgan County Republican and Judge-Executive Tim Conley. Conley was indicted on three counts of abuse of public trust about eight months ago but later saw the indictments dropped on a technicality.
Morgan County Judge-Executive Timothy Conley asked for and received a pardon from Fletcher even though indictments against him have already been dismissed.
Conley, a two-term incumbent who is the first Republican to be elected judge-executive in Morgan County in decades, was indicted in May on three counts of abuse of public trust.
The indictments were later dismissed on a technicality, but special prosecutor Brent Turner has pledged to renew the charges.
Conley used the excuse that he feared “they” would attempt to load a grand jury for a future indictment. But one really has to wonder why someone who professes innocence and has done nothing wrong would have anything to worry about. Eastern Kentuckians, in my experience, are as fair and honest as all other Kentuckians. Now that Conley doesn’t have “they” and loaded grand juries to worry about, he’s sure to get back to spending Morgan County’s money. Hopefully on more roads his family will benefit from. (And I’m serious about that– my family benefits from what his family receives– they live in the same area– and I’m not being the least bit sarcastic.)
We’ve included a scan of the first editorial and accompanying biased article to appear in Conley’s hometown paper, The Licking Valley Courier, shortly after charges were brought to light. The paper’s editor had extreme difficulty allowing the legal process to play itself out. Regardless of innocence or guilt it was a sight to behold.
All nitpicking aside, congratulations to Tim Conley. We hope he’s able to put this snafu behind him and successfully serve his county by doing the job he was elected to do. So long as he’s mindful that shady activity will bring warranted criticism. We have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ll hear of Conley.