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Those un-American Republicans in the Darr case

Posted By on Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 6:51 AM

click to enlarge SOME LAWYER: Asa Hutchinson thinks a charge, not conviction, is enough to force Mark Darr's resignation. Huh?
  • SOME LAWYER: Asa Hutchinson thinks a charge, not conviction, is enough to force Mark Darr's resignation. Huh?
I join with many others, including members of the Arkansas Republican delegation in Congress. Admission of multiple ethical violations involving expenditure of thousands of dollars in campaign and tax money for personal use demands Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's resignation. If it is not provided, he should be impeached.

Nonetheless, I remain interested in the position of Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson and GOP Party Chair Doyle Webb that a criminal investigation is necessary first. Then, they say, if CHARGES (my emphasis) are filed, THEN Darr should resign.

If charges are merely FILED?

Under the American system, a man is innocent until proven guilty of a crime. Is it not pre-judging a case to say the mere filing of charges is a sufficient trigger for action? Seems a strange standard for a lawyer, which Hutchinson and Webb both are.

But no, I'm not asking forbearance for Darr.

I agree with the handful of Republicans who  believe public office demands a higher standard than absence of criminality. The 4-0 judgment of a bipartisan commission with civil authority that Darr was guilty of the most serious round of rule breaking in its history (as measured by the $11,000 fine) is reason enough for a public official with shame to vacate the office. Anyone else who claims to have the public interest at heart should be demanding it, too, not asking for more study. But still, if criminality really is the deciding standard (it isn't), then conviction, not charge, should be the measure.

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