Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

April 16, 2014

Unhappy citizen pickets for change

April 16, 2014 — A Carter County woman is picketing the streets in Grayson, claiming that Carter County Attorney Patrick Flannery has violated the ethics of his elected position.

Vera Anna, 70, of Soldier, is a Czechoslovakian refuge who has been an American citizen for 40 years.

Her story with Flannery is long and stretches over two years.

Anna filed a trespassing petition with the county attorney in July 2012 in which Flannery represented her neighbors through his private practice.

“The clerks (in the County Attorney's office) said it was a conflict of interest and would be handled by another lawyer,” Anna said. “But then he (Flannery) sent me a letter saying I needed a private attorney.”

Six months after filing her petitions, Flannery requested a special prosecutor in the case. However, Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins, who was assigned to the case, declined to prosecute, agreeing that Anna should get a private attorney.

Anna feels that both men were wrong in their assessment of her case.

The State Attorney General and Kentucky Bar Association both informed Anna that there were no ethical violations by Flannery with her petitions.

Left with no other options outside of civil litigation, Anna has taken up a sandwich board sign to show voters her displeasure.

Flannery said he is not overly concerned with her picketing.

“She is angry and is holding a sign,” Flannery said. “That's the great thing about America. Everyone has the right to have and speak their opinion, even if they are wrong.”

Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by phone at 474-5101.

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