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Little Rock author Mara Leveritt said Wednesday that she has filed a formal complaint asking the Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct whether Attorney General Dustin Mc-Daniel and one of his deputies violated their constitutional duties in supporting the jury verdicts against two men who along with a third man were known as the West Memphis Three.

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Arkansas, Pages 10 on 05/12/2011

Print Headline: McDaniel draws complaint

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  • lairdwillgmailcom
    May 12, 2011 at 11:02 a.m.

    Mara Leveritt is fast becoming the Henry David Thoreau of our time. Mara, I'll stand beside you--and go to jail with you--when it comes to this "civil disobedience" regarding to our state's attempts to suppress free speech (and, in this case, the truth). Who else will join me? As Edmund Burke said, "It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do." Thank you, Mara.

  • davidjauss
    May 12, 2011 at 2:36 p.m.

    The fact that the Arkansas Supreme Court believes it has the right to deny the First Amendment free-speech rights of a citizen is chilling, to say the least. Even more chilling, however, is what apparently underlies its stance against free speech: the desire to operate in secrecy. The ASSC's Office of Professional Conduct not only requires that allegations of professional misconduct be made secretly, it also conducts investigations into those allegations secretly. This policy of secrecy makes it difficult, if not impossible, to trust those who are charged to protect the citizens of our state. What's more, this policy seriously mars our election process. If we are not made aware of allegations of misconduct against the Attorney General, judges, and other elected officials, and if we are prevented from learning the results of investigations (if any) into those allegations, how are we to make informed decisions when we enter the voting booth? In my opinion, the ASSC's Office of Professional Conduct is guilty of the very kind of misconduct that it supposedly exists to prevent. It should change its policy on these matters immediately.

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