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story.lead_photo.caption Betsey Wright with then-Gov. Bill Clinton in 1989.

Authorities accused Betsey Wright, at one time a chief of staff to former-Gov. Bill Clinton and now a prisoner-rights advocate, of trying to smuggle contraband into Arkansas' death row - including 48 tattoo needles hidden inside a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos.

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Arkansas, Pages 11, 18 on 08/13/2009

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  • towerdog
    August 13, 2009 at 6:30 a.m.

    Jeemanie Christmas...... God only knows.... when you go to visit inmates one has to be extra careful what goes in with you. I know she is a real somebody, and she has been dealing with death row killers and rapists for yeats, but come on folks, one place you never let your guard down or cross the line is the ADC. Their job is dealing daily with professional con men. They cannot be fooled.

    I bet their real goal is to keep her out of the visitation room for good.

  • zzzzipy
    August 13, 2009 at 7:40 a.m.

    She has lost her mind.

  • Gerrysch
    August 13, 2009 at 10:34 a.m.

    I thought the searches at the courthouse doors and at airports were thorough, but the searches at the prisons are incredibly thorough.

    I don't do any felony criminal defense work, but like all attorneys who practice in federal court, I am occasionally appointed on a civil rights case on behalf of an inmate. Not long ago I went to visit a client. I tried to dress appropriately and remove anything that might violate their rules. I understood I was not allowed to take any electronic devices. I had to have a belt or my pants would have fallen down. Otherwise, I thought I was completely compliant. I was wrong. They told me I had too many handkerchiefs in my pockets. I was allowed one handkerchief. The rest had to stay outside.

    Gerry Schulze

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