Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney David Stengel announced today the firing of one of his assistants, Fellicia Nu’Man, for assisting a Louisville attorney in getting his client’s 2005 seven-count felony conviction erased; despite a Kentucky law that prohibits the expungement of felonies.
Stengel had evidently warned Nu’Man in the past against doing this, but she attempted to do it again. He discovered that Nu’Man had Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Charles Cunningham vacate and expunge the felony convictions of a client of attorney Tim Denison. He also discovered fraudulent entries in the Commonwealth’s Attorney office database, indicating that some of the felony cases Nu’Man had gotten dismissed were still pending.
Attorney Tim Denison
In an article that will appear in tomorrow’s Courier-Journal, reporter Jason Riley quotes Stengel as saying, “I’m kind of dumbfounded about why somebody would do this to an office they work for.” Nu’Man apparently had the highest dismissal rate in the office. “I don’t know whether it was not caring or doing Tim Denison a favor, but it was just not responsible practice of prosecutorial law,” Stengel told Riley.
Stengel disputed Nu’Man’s allegation that prosecutors routinely set aside old convictions to be expunged, saying he knew of only one other instance. He said his office learned in recent days that former prosecutor Matt Conway—brother of Kentucky’s Attorney General Jack Conway—who resigned in May, also helped Denison get a defendant’s felony conviction expunged in March. Ironically, this case concerned a different felony conviction of the same defendant that Nu’Man helped.
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