Felon pardoned by Bevin now a constable

Felon pardoned by Bevin now a constable

A convicted felon in Northern Kentucky could shortly have law enforcement powers. 

J.R. Roth gained election as a constable in Campbell County on Tuesday night, beating veteran law enforcement officer Barrett “B.J.” Champagne in Tuesday’s key, 56% to 44%. 

Equally are Republicans. No Democrats have submitted for the seat, and there is no opposition in the basic election. 

Roth, of Chilly Spring, was convicted in 2017 of trafficking narcotics but acquired a pardon from Gov. Matt Bevin in 2019. He experienced served two yrs of a 15-yr sentence.

J.R. Roth

It was one of much more than 254 pardons Bevin designed all through his closing months in business. 

Campbell County officers urged voters to cast their votes for Champagne. 

“In Campbell County this yr we are witnessing a total travesty,” the county’s best elected official, Decide-executive Steve Pendery explained in a created assertion in March. “A man recently convicted of a critical felony is managing for constable, not for the reason that that makes any sense, but mainly because he can.” 

In spite of the pleas, Roth been given 1,791 votes, virtually 400 far more than Champagne.

Barrett "B.J." Champagne, a former police officer, is running against John "J.R." Roth, Jr. for constable in Campbell County.

The situation of constable has triggered controversy in Kentucky. 

Constables have had arrest powers but no schooling needs and in most circumstances number of necessities for publicly reporting what they do. For many years, Kentucky lawmakers experienced tried to reform the position or abolish it. 

The Kentucky Common Assembly this 12 months passed a monthly bill that will involve constables obtain schooling just before they can arrest any one. So if Roth or any other new constables want to arrest any person, they will have to come to be certified peace officers now. 

In any other case, new constables will be minimal to serving papers. 

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