House Lawmaker Target Of Ethics Investigation

Frankfort, KY – The Legislative Ethics Commission is concerned about a letter Louisville Rep. Tom Burch sent to three appellate court judges. The letter, on legislative letterhead and signed "Tom Burch, State Representative," seeks a favorable ruling in a parental rights case involving one of Burch's constituents. One of the judges complained about the letter and the Ethics Commission has voted to investigate. "We took evidence from the parties involved and the commission voted that there was probable cause to believe that one of the ethical statutes had been violated."

That's Ethics Commission Chairman George Troutman, who says a hearing in the matter will be held December 16th. Rep. Burch issued a statement saying his motives were pure and he does NOT believe his actions violated any laws. He says he looks forward to telling his side of the story at the hearing.