Norton v. Benton for circuit judge


Editor, The Commercial:

Norton vs. Benton. At one time I was the vice sergeant at the Pine Bluff Police Department. After arriving for work one afternoon, one of my vice officers came into the room I was in and told me that Lawyer Mac Norton was in the hall and wanted to speak to me. Norton wanted to talk to me about the case pending on one of his clients.

He told me that I did not have a good case on his client and that I would never get promoted again making bad arrests because the Civil Service Commission looked at arrests and conviction records when they promoted.

I am standing there listening to this lawyer who wanted me to drop charges on his client, and I am thinking this is highly unethical, but I was polite.

Well, anyway, he must have pleaded his client guilty because I never had to testify in court and I got promoted a couple of more times.

Does anyone out there really want someone like this to be a circuit judge?

Lee Hurd

White Hall