New wrinkle in Fred Smith ballot case | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, March 15, 2012

New wrinkle in Fred Smith ballot case

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 10:27 AM

AP is reporting that Chicot Circuit Judge Sam Pope has ruled that former state Rep. Fred Smith successfully completed a probationary sentence on a felony theft conviction a year ago and the charge against him has been dismissed. Smith resigned from the legislature representing parts of Cross and Crittenden counties after the conviction.

Does that mean Smith's record is sufficiently clear to be a candidate for state legislature this year? He filed at the deadline while claiming he was in the process of expunging his record, but didn't provide the required certification of a clear record at filing time. The Democratic Party has sued to have him removed from the primary ballot, for which incumbent Rep. Hudson Hallum has also filed.

I have a call in to the party regarding how it views the status of its ballot challenge now.

UPDATE: Said Party spokesperson Candace Martin: "We are reviewing this legally and have no position at this time." Smith thinks he's eligible, of course. The local prosecutor may yet have a say in Smith's status if he chooses to contest the judge's dismissal order. He's already said Smith wasn't eligible for first-offender treatment because he contested his guilt.

Tags: , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (13)

Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Arming teachers: An insurance complication

    Gun lovers in the Arkansas legislature are spoiling to put more guns in classrooms at the earliest opportunity. Today, the Washington Post reports a complication — from insurance companies.
    • May 27, 2018
  • Razorbacks plan a return to real grass in 2019

    I don't know why the news of a return to real grass at Razorback stadium seemed like such good news to me. Old fogey, I guess.
    • May 27, 2018
  • Crowds increase at RiverFest day 2

    Crowds grew on day two of RiverFest, the privately re-imagined version of the old Memorial Day weekend Little Rock music festival.
    • May 27, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016
  • Little Rock housing study finds linkage between respiratory-related hospital stays and property code violations

    People hospitalized for a respiratory-related illness at UAMS were twice as likely to rent a property that at some point has been issued a mold-related violation notice from Little Rock's Code Enforcement Division when compared to a control population adjusted for demographic differences.
    • May 2, 2018
  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation