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Re: “Gov. Beebe appoints Jay Shue Medicaid Inspector General

Judge jails two prosecutors for declining to start trial

Associated Press

Published Thursday, November 16, 2000

LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Two deputy prosecutors were jailed briefly for contempt of court Wednesday after they told a judge they wouldn't proceed with a first-degree murder trial.

Deputy prosecutors John Johnson and Jay Shue were escorted by bailiffs from the courtroom of Circuit Judge Marion Humphrey.



Meanwhile, the defendants in the trial, Christopher L. McBride and Nicolus N. Smith, were allowed to go free on bond.

Johnson and Shue were freed from jail later in the day after the state attorney general's office asked the state Supreme Court to order their release.

McBride and Smith, along with their lawyers, are due in court Thursday to discuss new trial dates. The two are accused of firing into a crowd of people in May, killing John Tate, 25.

About an hour before the deputy prosecutors were jailed, Johnson and Shue had asked Humphrey to postpone the trial. They said they couldn't proceed with testimony from a key witness without a transcript of a Sept. 19 bond hearing at which the witness recanted earlier statements given to police.

Prosecutors said they were told by Humphrey's clerks that a transcript won't be available until after Jan. 1.

Humphrey declined to postpone the trial. After prospective jurors were seated in the courtroom, Johnson and Shue approached Humphrey at the bench, talked to him briefly, and were escorted out by bailiffs.

"There has to be some order established as to who is running this court," Humphrey said.



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Posted by jc2888 on 06/06/2013 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Big government: Now the Republicans like it UPDATE

Hear you go again Max, jumping to conclusions, without verifying facts. The bill states transfer of current resources. In my view and what most reasonable folks will interpret that to mean there will be no new staff and no new bureaucracy. My understating was also echoed on the radio show this morning repeating no new bureaucracy, (republican for growing government, are you kidding me). Let me tell you a real story max. When I called and reported abusive and or fraudulent practices of a local provider, the action by DHS was swift, within days folks from Medicaid were at the provider’s location to investigate. I would not call them less than real workers. I also called in the same complaint to the AG’s office not a single one came to investigate. I think it is great idea as long as the focus is saving taxpayers funds and that funds are protected and used to cover services that are truly needed by a lot folks in the Delta.

Posted by jc2888 on 03/29/2013 at 7:22 PM

 

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