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Smith, Fred

Accused Party Type
Official - Elected
Accused Party Title
State Representative
Court or Office
Arkansas State House of Representatives
Accused City
Crawfordsville
Accused State
Mississippi
City of Complaint
Little Rock
State of Complaint
Rating of the Accused Party
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Rep. Elect Fred Smith (Democrat from either Crawfordsville or Walls, Mississippi) is in a pickle. A legislative audit of the Dermott School District (see audit report page 25-26 here) revealed that duplicate payments of $29,500 were made to Smith and to Save Our Kids, an organization run by Smith.

Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen filed charges of theft in a Chicot County Circuit Court due to the fact that Smith failed to take “reasonable measures to restore the property to the party entitled to it.” Circuit Judge Sam Pope held a bench trial on November 22 but has not yet issued a ruling.

Meanwhile, Willie Gammon, the write-in candidate who lost to Smith, has filed a compliant with Arkansas State Claims Commission saying that Smith is not a resident of state representative district 54. Helping his claim is the fact that the court filing lists Smith’s home address as Walls, Mississippi (just south of Memphis) where by all appearances he lives with his wife.

In a very odd interview with the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Smith professes his innocence on all the charges. He claims he does not know anything about the legal charges, in spite of the fact that the court records indicate he was arrested on Sept. 27, 2009 and appeared in court in November 2009. He said he has always lived in Crawfordsville and just travels back and forth to Walls, Mississippi where his wife owns a home.

Robbing from public schools and hiding behind an organization that’s supposed to help kids is the lowest of the low and, if I understand the law correctly (and at nearly two in the morning it’s a legitimate possibility that I might get it wrong) the state legislature is well within its legal rights to not seat Smith, nor should they. If they do, it will be a grave mistake at a time when Arkansas Democrats can ill afford to make one. Will it complicate things for Democrats legislatively? No. Someone with Smith’s track record could never be trusted as a reliable vote anyway and even if that weren’t the case Smith’s constituents shouldn’t have to endure his tenure for the sake of politics.

That said, removing Smith presents the opportunity for us to find a strong, progressive, and ethical candidate to fill that seat, either in a potential special election or in a primary in 2012 should worst come to worst and Smith be seated.

Judges

Judicial Corruption is rampant.  Our rights to a fair trial are a myth.  Many judges are totally corrupt.

Constitution

Our fundamental rights have been taken away by a government of wrongs. Stolen by corruption.

Attorneys

Misconduct is everywhere. Dishonesty abounds. Perjury, subornation of perjury, corruption!

Police

Abuse, Dishonesty, Corruption.  It's all common with Police and Law Enforcement.

Government

Government Dishonesty is Bad.
We must find honest people
and make them accountable
to We the People.