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Judge Blows a Hole in Veep Visit Security Argument

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A circuit judge ruled that Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher and state police improperly withheld police overtime and records of expenses in conjunction with a political fund-raising visit by Vice President Dick Cheney’s last March. Cheney flew into Louisville and was escorted to the event in Indiana. Kentucky police invoked a security provision in the state’s records law to withhold the expense information sought by the Associated Press and the Louisville Courier-Journal. “There is little ‘reasonable likelihood’ that the numbers of Kentucky State Police assigned in this situation or the amount of tax dollars expended will expose a vulnerability in the security measures,” Judge Roger Crittenden said. (12/12/05)