Legislative leaders forward info on Sherman's shredding to police; AG Conway says he could investigate

09/25/2013 05:43 PM

The Kentucky State Police and the office of the Attorney General could get involved in an investigation into former Legislative Research Commission director Bobby Sherman for shredding documents last weekend after stepping down.

The Courier-Journal first reported Tuesday that Sherman returned to his office over the weekend after his resignation and shredded documents with the help of some others on the LRC staff. According to the Courier-Journal, Sherman said none of the documents related to sexual harassment allegations or agency investigations.

House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, requested in a letter Wednesday that the Kentucky State Police investigate what Sherman shredded.

“The trust level of the General Assembly by the public is currently very low and actions like this only raise further suspicion,” Hoover said. “Additionally, as his resignation was effective Friday afternoon, questions arise as to his purpose of being in the building on a weekend and how he gained access.”

House Speaker Greg Stumbo also sent a memo to the Kentucky State Police attaching Hoover’s letter and asking that the KSP take “whatever actions it deems appropriate” on the matter.

Attorney General Jack Conway said in an interview with Pure Politics on Wednesday he believes it was short-sighted on Sherman’s part to shred the documents but his office has not yet been asked to get involved.

“To do it that way which looks as if it is being done surreptitiously, it certainly raises some red flags,” Conway said. “We will be talking to the appropriate folks. We may very well take a look at it if it raises to the level of potential obstruction of justice or willful destruction of potential evidence we may have to get involved.”

Conway also weighed in on a potential investigation into the Fish and Wildlife Resources Department and whether anything needs to change with Kentucky’s whistleblower laws.


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