From the Lexington Herald-Leader: Kentucky lawmakers call for attorney general investigation of Matt Bevin’s pardons

By DANIEL DESROCHERS

Two Democratic lawmakers Friday requested that Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron appoint a special prosecutor to investigate controversial pardons issued by former Gov. Matt Bevin in his final days in office, even as a Republican lawmaker proposed placing limits on when a governor can issue a pardon.

Senate Minority Floor Leader Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, and Rep. Chris Harris, D-Pikeville, were specifically focused on a pardon Bevin gave to Patrick Brian Baker, who was convicted of reckless homicide, robbery, impersonating a peace officer and tampering with evidence in Knox County in 2017.

Baker’s brother and sister-in-law held a fundraiser for Bevin and personally donated $4,000 to his campaign, according to campaign finance records. Baker’s two co-defendants in the case are still in prison.

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