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County judge facing federal charges to resign

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 28, 2014 at 8:03 a.m.

CAMDEN — Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly, who is facing federal bribery and conspiracy charges, has announced plans to resign.

The El Dorado News-Times reported that Hesterly said in a letter of resignation that he will resign April 3 because of "health problems, current circumstances and other concerns."

Hesterly and contractor Harry Clemons Jr. of Bearden were charged in January with conspiring to award a federal disaster-relief grant to Clemons to clean up debris after two tornadoes in 2009 in exchange for Clemons making a contribution to Hesterly's re-election campaign.

Both men initially pleaded innocent, but Clemons changed his plea to guilty on March 18 and is awaiting sentencing.

Hesterly is scheduled to go to trial starting April 7 but has asked for a delay.

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Sterls says... March 28, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.

Wonder if Mike Maggio reads this page?

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HM2 says... March 28, 2014 at 8:21 p.m.

Notice, nowhere in this article does it mention that Hesterly is a Demo-crap.

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