Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lawyer asks prosecutor to charge Mark Martin for law violation

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 7:33 AM

click to enlarge INDICTMENT REQUESTED: Of Secretary of State Mark Martin.
  • INDICTMENT REQUESTED: Of Secretary of State Mark Martin.
Matt Campbell,
a Little Rock lawyer and author of the Blue Hog Report, has asked Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley whether he intends to enforce a state statute that Secretary of State Mark Martin violated when he hired outside legal counsel to represent the office without first seeking clearance from the attorney general's office.

Campbell's letter noted that Circuit Judge Tim Fox had disqualified outside lawyers from representing Martin in an FOI case Campbell filed because he hadn't complied with the law. Fox also denied a motion that he reconsider that decision.

Those rulings amount to an unequivocal finding that Martin has violated the law, which carries a penalty of a fine up to $2,000 and removal from office, Campbell argues. No one should be immune from prosecution when they violate the law, Campbell wrote.

If the prosecutor has already decided not to indict, Campbell wrote, "I do hope you will make a definitive statement to that effect so that I and other Arkansans will no longer wonder when and if Mr. Martin will have to answer for this violation."

Here's the letter.

The Democrat-Gazette will undoubtedly identify Campbell, as is its custom, as a liberal blogger. It will not identify Martin as an extremist right-wing Republican scofflaw who's demonstrated repeated contempt for the Freedom of Information Act and provided consistently partisan operation of the office, including in hiring a dedicated Republican lawyer to represent him without first getting statutory clearance. Actions have consequences, don't they?


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