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Thursday, January 8, 2009

The late report

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 6:32 PM

I had a minute to check e-mail, so I thought I'd mention:

* For comic relief, The Arkansas Project offers Rep. John Boozman inveighing against the idea of a bailout for the porn industry. Er, John, I think Larry Flynt and the Girls Gone Wild guy are maybe pulling a few legs.

* The Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission voted today to buy that parking lot at Markham and Scott for $1.035 million for possible future use for a parking deck.

* And, something of an oddity, a news release from a PR firm announcing that a Jonesboro lawyer had beaten a drunk and disorderly rap. Read on.



Judge dismisses charges against David Rees

January 8, 2009 (Jonesboro, AR) – Judge Barbara Griffin today dismissed all charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct against Jonesboro attorney David Rees.  Rees was arrested in May, 20008 outside the Electric Cowboy and charged by Jonesboro Police officers as they were responding to another call.

Rees was standing outside when he was threatened and verbally assaulted by a passenger in a local taxicab who was sitting in front of the establishment.  The officers accused Rees of disorderly conduct and took him into custody.  Rees’s contention that night and in court was that he at no time raised his voice, acted improperly, caused any public disturbance and was not intoxicated.

The event was captured on video from one of the Jonesboro Police Department patrol cameras.  The video was used as evidence for the defense along with testimony and statements from the taxi driver and other eyewitnesses to the event.

“It always feels good to have your day in court,” Rees said following the verdict.  “The justice system worked today as it was designed by our forefathers to work.  When given an opportunity to present the facts in front of a fair and impartial judge, justice was served.

As an attorney, I have always reminded my clients that in this country you are presumed innocent until proven guilty.  I tell them to never give up, and that hopefully the truth will win out.  Fortunately, today, the justice system worked.”

Rees had already filed a civil suit against the city and the case is pending in federal court.  In the suit, Rees contends that he was arrested without cause, denied a phone call, and was denied a field sobriety test even after requesting one.  He says he was detained improperly for six hours. 

Depositions are currently being scheduled next week with officials who had any involvement in the case.

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