Regional
12:56 pm
Mon November 17, 2003

Patton Agrees to Two Ethics Charges

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Paul Patton says he chose to
settle ethics charges he was facing---- not as an
admission of guilt---- but because of how he felt
the Executive Branch Ethics Commission intepreted
the law. Patton agreed to two of the four violations
the Commission leveled against him in March.

The Commission charged Kentucky's Governor with
four instances of allegedly using his power and
influence to benefit his former mistress, Tina Conner.

By settling with the Commission, Patton avoided a
week-long hearing. Conner and Patton were among
the witnesses expected to testify, had such a hearing
been held. Patton also agreed to pay a five thousand
dollar fine.