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Cameron takes state legislators’ recommendations, asks FBI to investigate Bevin’s ‘extreme’ pardons

KyForward staff report Senate Minority Leader Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville and State Rep. Chris Harris, D-Forest Hills, received confirmation that Attorney General Daniel Cameron has made a formal request for an investigation by the FBI, of former Governor Matt Bevin’s pardons (Matt Bevin under bipartisan and harsh criticism for long list of ‘extreme’ pardons before leaving office). McGarvey,...

U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman on Bevin pardons: ‘Particularly concerned’ about sex offenders

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Russell Coleman, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, has weighed in on the hundreds of pardons and sentence commutations issued by Republican former Gov. Matt Bevin during the last days of his administration. 
Bevin granted clemency to more than 600 people, mostly to those convicted of low-level drug offenses, some of whom had already served their sentences. ...

Bill Straub: Prisons are bursting at seams, nonviolent prisoners deserve pardons; devil is in the details

Let me put my cards on the table: I am one of those people who would rather see 100 guilty individuals go free than witness one innocent person go to prison. I believe it should be extremely difficult – emphasize, extremely difficult – to deprive anyone of his or her freedom. The death penalty is immoral, savage, and should immediately be abolished in all 50 states, DC and the federal government. There...