Sheriff candidate with hot check conviction wants Supreme Court to keep him on ballot | Arkansas Blog

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sheriff candidate with hot check conviction wants Supreme Court to keep him on ballot

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2014 at 12:25 PM

click to enlarge JOSH JOHNSTON
  • JOSH JOHNSTON
Josh Johnston, a former Republican state legislator from Rose Bud, has filed an emergency petition with the Arkansas Supreme Court in hopes of overturning a circuit court order that ruled him ineligible to run for Cleburne County sheriff because of a 1995  misdemeanor hot check conviction. Johnston also asks for a stay of counting the votes to preserve his consideration as candidate.

Nobody challenged Johnston's eligibility when he ran for legislature, but he was challenged in making a race for sheriff this year by opponent Brian Haile. He has told me he didn't believe his hot check conviction — a youthful mistake, he said — was an "infamous crime" of the sort the Constitution sets as a disqualifier.



It throws a lot of legal theories at the Supreme Court, including the idea that, while the Constitution may prohibit someone convicted of certain crimes from serving, it doesn't necessarily prevent them for running.

Johnson is on the ballot. If he loses his court case, his votes won't count.

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • ASU announces $29 million athletic project backed by private booster foundation

    The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees today approved a ground lease with the Red Wolves Foundation which will take the responsibility for building $29. million worth of improvements to the football stadium.
    • Nov 20, 2017
  • Monday's open line

    Here's the Monday open line and today's news roundup
    • Nov 20, 2017
  • Protest set on tax legislation

    A coalition of groups will demonstrate at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in front of the state Human Services headquarters at Seventh and Main to show displeasure with the Senate tax legislation.
    • Nov 20, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016
  • The two cities of Little Rock: East/west, black/white

    The Little Rock City Board illustrated this week a community divided over public schools, another blow to the Little Rock School District and another illustration of the need for ward elections to the board.
    • Mar 23, 2017
  • The LR chamber does the public's business. Is it accountable? Blue Hog on the case.

    Matt Campbell, lawyer and Blue Hog Report blogger, has sent a Freedom of Information Act request to Jay Chessir, director of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor Mark Stodola related to the publicity stunt yesterday  built around withdrawing from the mayor's rash pronouncement that the city would seek an Amazon HQ2 project even though the city  didn't meet the company's criteria.
    • Oct 20, 2017

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation