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Atty General: Farmer appears to have abused the public trust

Atty General: Farmer appears to have abused the public trust

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 12:39 PM

(WHAS11) -- In Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's first public comments since an explosive audit of Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer was referred to his office, Conway tells WHAS11 News that at the very minimum, the audit's allegations indicate that Farmer (R) abused the public trust.

"We'll do our job without any passion or any fear of favor," Conway (D) said.  "We'll take a look at it and see if there are any transgressions of state law  and whether or not it's more appropriate to go through an ethics sanctioning process or whether or not there's something that needs to be sent to a grand jury."

Conway said the case would be handled like any other and expects it will take several months to review.

Asked if a former constitutional officer would be treated differently than an ordinary citizen, Conway was unequivocal.

"Absolutely not.  Absolutely not," Conway said.  "It's a simple matter of taking a look at the actions, what's the potential transgression of law and then do you have an obligation of bringing the case in the larger interests of justice and do you have a chance of getting a conviction to serve the larger interests of justice?"

"It's not a partisan thing," Conway continued.  "It is not a political thing.  That's how we look at each and every case."

Conway was asked for his gut reaction to the former Wildcat Unforgettable now at the center of scandal.

"You know, I know Richie.  It appears from what has been alleged that - it seems to me at the very minimum an abuse of the public trust - but I'll let others judge," Conway said.

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