(WEHT)- Russell Coleman, the US Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky released a statement saying that if any of the recipients of outgoing Kentucky governor, Matt Bevin’s controversial pardons committed their crimes in his district, “it will be treated like any other violation of federal law.”
However, Coleman mentioned that any prosecution on the federal level would require the “ultimate approval at the highest levels at the Department of Justice.” Primarily, Coleman says he’s concerned with the possibility that previously convicted sex offenders may not have to register as such because of the pardon.
Coleman’s district reaches from the western border of Kentucky to Muhlenberg County and Louisville in the central part of the state. Bevin controversially pardoned or commuted the sentences of over 600 prisoners, including people convicted of violent or sexual offenses. The pardons and commutations have also reportedly drawn the attention of the FBI.