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Despite Reelection, Arkansas AG Seeking Ouster of Searcy County Sheriff

By: Wayne Powell
Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell garnered 71% of the vote recently in his reelection bid, but the Arkansas Attorney General’s office may force him out of office.

A judge ruled in August of this year that Cassell could remain in office despite a 1979 guilty plea related to an incident involving the theft of Cornish game hens.  Judge David Clinger said in his ruling that the theft did not take place while Cassell was in office.  Therefore, the crime did not affect Cassell’s ability to serve as an elected official.

The Attorney General is appealing Clinger’s ruling saying that other recent rulings held that convictions of misdemeanor crimes involving elements of dishonesty constituted infamous crimes that disqualified offenders from holding office.

Since running for office two years ago, Cassell has not withheld the information of his past crime.  The sheriff ran a newspaper advertisement informing voters about the incident.

Cathy - 11/15/2012 12:31:57 PM
Is there a personal vendetta against the sheriff? Wonder what you might find in the past of of the Attorney General.
Dexter St. Jacques - 11/15/2012 3:06:48 PM
The people of Searcy County have spoken - loudly. Leave the Sheriff to do his job, it's an uphill task to police a county with such limited resources, but Cassell and his staff work incredibly hard, and it shows.
Bob - 11/20/2012 7:57:00 PM
Seems like Cassell would have to step out of office. How can he inforce the law if Mr. Cassell is breaking the law buy being in office? The AG's office is doing the right thing here. If they want the people in Searcy County to obey the law then the Sheriff should also have too. Or they could change the law so that any convict can run for office no matter what the felony.
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