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Re: “Murder trial begins with Mara Leveritt in courtroom

The reason the original conviction was vacated was because of prosecutorial misconduct. The reason the original conviction was affirmed on appeal by only one vote was because the three dissenting justices couldn't find enough evidence to support the conviction, let alone support the death penalty. There was little more than speculation and outright lies by the prosecutor at the time who knew that his theory of the case was an utter fabrication. After 15 years in isolation on death row, a new trial is set for Tim Howard and from that moment to this, the current prosecutor has behaved in a manner unbecoming an officer of the court AND exhibited so much misconduct that the defense counsel has made two lengthy motions to dismiss this case. My question is, just how many times does AR get to arrest and prosecute someone without having a case? How many times can a prosecutor lie, cheat, withhold, and break the rules of professional conduct before someone calls him on it besides Mara Leveritt and the AR Times? Where is the daily paper? Where is the Committee on Professional Conduct? Where is the AR Supreme Court? It gives new meaning to AWOL.

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Posted by radicalmoney on 04/23/2015 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Five reasons why an LGBT protection ordinance is a good thing for Little Rock

Anything but courtesy and kindness is unacceptable. Anything not my business is not my business. I am sick to death of these sanctimonious busy bodies who think it is their duty, their right, their God given blah blah blah to be hateful, unkind, bigotted, prejudice, mean-spirited, and exclusionary. I'm waiting for the day when society as a whole tells them to shut up and tend to their knitting.

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Posted by radicalmoney on 03/27/2015 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Every Arkansas Supreme Court Justice has paid annual bar dues late

For years I have watched lawyers and judges righteously hold the feet of the rest of us to the proverbial fire. I saw Judge McGowan appear on an AETN special one night, arrive late to the panel on live tv, and then lecture how the people who come before her needed to learn discipline and how to arrive on time for their obligations. We routinely see prosecutors withhold evidence and the complaints about them get lost in the "black hole" that is judicial discipline. The outrageous thing about lawyers and judges failing to pay their dues to keep up the very licenses that allow them to rule the rest of us is the hypocrisy of it all. They should be thoroughly ashamed. And they should not be able to practice without a current license just like everyone else.

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Posted by radicalmoney on 04/11/2014 at 12:27 PM

Re: “DNA evidence: a two-way street

Very funny considering it is Dustin M who has sent David Raupp and the rest of his crew out to fight every request for DNA testing by every defendant since he took office. In fact, Dustin seems to not have liked that dna law AR passed several years back. He has behaved unconscienably regarding wrongfully convicted persons. Dustin has played this game like football - no instant replays to review what actually happened....oh wait, even the NFL has instant replays and on spot challenges and reviews now.

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Posted by radicalmoney on 01/04/2013 at 8:17 AM

Re: “McDaniel admits 'inappropriate interaction' with Hot Springs lawyer

It is McDaniel who, as AG, fights every conviction, even the ridiculous ones, to his last breath. It is his office, under his supervision, that fought the DNA testing law when wrongfully convicted people wanted testing done to prove their innocene, AND, it is McDaniel, and his office, who seek to uphold death penalty sentences based on insufficient evidence even to convict: it would appear that Mr McDaniel, the AG who would be Gov, will defend even paltry criminal convictions to the death, but doesn't think bring that same level of unfettered enthusiasm to his marriages.

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Posted by radicalmoney on 12/19/2012 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Death Row inmate's legal representation battle in court

According to the article, Judge Miller found that Mr Benca had violated NOTHING. So, what are we really talking about here? Attorney manners with each other? Well, "this or that just isn't done?"For those of us not in prison, we would not retain an attorney who would not listen to us, consult us, or let us make decisions about our case. We would walk into another lawyer's office or pick up the phone and call another attorney in order to find one who was more respectful of us and our legal issues. So, Tim Howard, who is very likely INNOCENT and who has already spent 13 years in prison, and whose only way to reach out to anyone without prison authorization is to write a letter, writes a letter asking Mr Benca to visit. And Mr Benca, who reads the letter and becomes concerned, does just that. But many in the legal community are now weighing in on this and saying that Benca should have ignored Howard's letter, so as not to hurt the feelings of the federal public defenders? It is possible to behave in a civil manner with your colleagues but keep a client or potential client's welfare and wishes paramount. The question that remains to be answered is why the federal public defenders did not welcome Mr Benca, particularly if their client wanted him, if Benca was doing it pro bono, and if Benca was doing it on the state level where the feds couldn't represent anyway. It looks like the answer to that question is known only by the feds, and they are not telling.

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Posted by radicalmoney on 11/08/2012 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Public defender dumps Death Row inmate as client

Setting aside for a moment the various feelings of lawyers involved directly in Howard's case or not involved, this whole scenario seems to beg an important question: what does a client do when he has no voice? What does he do when the lawyers representing him start making decisions for him without his knowledge? What does he do when his wishes are repeatedly ignored, despite his best efforts to convey them to his lawyers? And let's go one step further - this is not a civil case. A criminal client cannot simply walk into the lawyer's office and talk to them. He cannot walk out of the solitary confinement box he spends 23 hrs/day in. It appears from the filed documents that Howard told his lawyers what he wanted and they ignored it and did what they wanted. I don't think it's supposed to work that way.

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Posted by radicalmoney on 10/04/2012 at 9:34 AM

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