Sentencing date set for ex-lawmaker


LITTLE ROCK — A former state legislator who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit election fraud is scheduled for sentencing next month.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Back set a Jan. 4 sentencing for Hudson Hallum, a Democrat from Marion, who pleaded in federal court Sept. 5 and shortly thereafter resigned from the state House.

Prosecutors said Hallum conspired with his father, Kent Hallum, West Memphis alderman Phillip Wayne Carter and West Memphis police officer Sam Malone to buy votes in a 2011 special election in which Hallum won a House seat vacated by Fred Smith.

Kent Hallum, Carter and Malone have also entered guilty pleas in the case. All four men are to be sentenced Jan. 4 in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.

Smith, of Crawfordsville, resigned from the House early in the 2011 session after being convicted on a felony theft charge. A judge later expunged the conviction, and Smith ran as a Green party candidate for the seat this year, winning with no opposition after Hallum became ineligible to seek re-election.