Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Lonoke corruption convictions

A certain depression era mayor of New York, Fiorello LaGuardia, was fond of saying, “When I make a mistake, it’s a doozey.” This is one of the days that I feel exactly the same way. It looks like the jury hearing evidence against Lonoke Mayor Jay Campbell and his wife Kelly took a little more serious view of the evidence presented.

Kudos to Prosecutor Lona McCastlain, who successfully presented a mountain of evidence concerning drug dealing and a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy using the public office for personal gain. This convention was not easily obtained and sends a message to public officials, perhaps even in Pulaski County.

I thought the prosecutor took too long. Obviously, I was mistaken. The jury deliberated carefully and you can generally count on twelve good citizens to get it right. This is one of the best things about America. We grant even felons a day in court and all the process of the law. It is the thing that sets us apart from these little tyrants that run so many nations just like Lone
oke used to be run.

Maybe investigators should be thinking about this in Little Rock. Do you suppose?

(Broadcast April 18, 2007)

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