U.S. Attorney raises concerns over Bevin’s controversial pardons

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Kentucky’s Western District says it is looking into whether federal charges can be brought against some offenders pardoned by former Governor Matt Bevin, according to the Courier Journal.

During his last days in office, Bevin pardoned several violent offenders including murderers and child rapists.

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U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman says his office is trying to determine whether any of the cases qualify for federal prosecution.

Coleman tells the newspaper he is concerned about the “risk to the public by those previously convicted of sex offenses, who by virtue of the state pardon, will not fall under any post-release supervision or be required to register as sex offenders.”

Coleman says statutes of limitation and double jeopardy would need to be taken into account when deciding whether to prosecute an offender.