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Papers filed to remove Searcy County sheriff; Community support for Cassell

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Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 7:15 am

MARSHALL — Papers were filed Monday asking that Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell be removed from office.

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  • Sharlista posted at 9:19 am on Fri, Nov 4, 2011.

    Sharlista Posts: 40

    @yo-yo: Yes, I grew up in Searcy County. And there have been some "bad law" in the past. Of course, that's not just Searcy County, that happens everywhere. I just wonder who's kid the Sheriff arrested, or who's pot patch he raided, etc. I'm guessing he stepped on the wrong toes, or it would not have taken almost a year for them to start this. Seems like this should have came up before the election or shortly there after if it was "just following the letter of the law"

  • yo-yo posted at 7:46 pm on Thu, Nov 3, 2011.

    yo-yo Posts: 2

    Have you lived in Searcy Co? There has always been bad law in Searcy Co. You wouln't believe the things the the local authorities do, have done and will continue to do. You don't want to cross them. The Federal agents are just as bad or worse, they want something they take it because they can.
    People have been forced off their property, robbed, put in jail and worse. I could go on but it sounds so much like a dictatorship, it's just unreal.
    It's to bad the sheriff can't tell the public what the real story is...I'm just saying...

  • ladyback posted at 1:09 pm on Thu, Nov 3, 2011.

    ladyback Posts: 561

    i agree rob, but the fact that he was convicted is the sticking point here. the constitution wants to have an elected official above reproach, for anything, ever. yes it is a piddley crime, but it is still a crime and he was convicted. it is all up to a judge now, whether they follow the rule of the law, or try to read the depth of the law into the situation. they could not get rid of berryville's mayor for being busted while on probation, so i can't see that this one is any worse than that. my main worry would be about some criminal being able to use the sheriffs earlier conviction as a way to get out of an arrest by the sheriff. if searcy county was forced to let a criminal go because of this, then i would be worried. it would appear that the oppurtunity for a criminal to try that in court would be available, due to the current situation.

  • Rob posted at 12:26 pm on Thu, Nov 3, 2011.

    Rob Posts: 1448

    I agree wholeheartedly w/your grandma. The past will catch up with you.

    That the sheriff came clean doesn't impress me all that much. While admitting to wrong doing is more admirable than trying to hide it, it still doesn't absolve anyone of the wrong doing.

    I just re-read the article. The part where it described the sheriff's misdemeanor as possibly being 'embezzlement' went by me the first time. (It says, "embezzled OR stolen".) Problem is, those hens weren't embezzled - they didn't belong to the public. Stolen? Yup. But the law covering what makes someone ineligible to hold office doesn't say anything about 'found guilty of being in possession of stolen items.'
    So, seeing as he wasn't charged with, nor found guilty of, bribery (their mistake. That one might have held water), nor forgery, that only leaves, "infamous crime."
    People seriously consider taking a couple of cornish hens as, "Having the reputation of the world kind"???
    As I said, I'm 100% behind the rule of law, but I'd feel foolish trying to make that one stick.

  • ladyback posted at 1:05 pm on Wed, Nov 2, 2011.

    ladyback Posts: 561

    and rob, it isn't the fact that he came clean that is the problem. the problem is that he was convicted and the wording of the arkansas constitution that has the final say. at least, that is, until it is changed.

  • ladyback posted at 11:53 am on Wed, Nov 2, 2011.

    ladyback Posts: 561

    on the contrary rob, it seems that he pled guilty to the crime, however miniscule it might have been. it does appear by the wording that he may be ineligible to hold office. i am not a judge and i don't know the man, but it is a valuable lesson for young folks to pay attention to. we have all done stupid things, some got caught, and some did not. he did and he was guilty and he admitted that. takes a big man to do that, but it still will be up to a judge now. i am not saying what he did was worthy of being kicked out of office. what i am saying is kids, you do stupid little things when you are young, that can have some major consequences later in life. the old saying still holds true from my grandma. would i do this if my mom or dad was here with me.

  • Rob posted at 6:05 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    Rob Posts: 1448

    Ladyback, your statement might have more weight in this particular instance if the sheriff actually had anything in his past that proved him legally incapable/unnacceptable for public office, and/or he'd not already publicly acknowledged his past misdomeaner, and/or if he had anything to be ashamed of that just now suddenly came out.
    No haunts in this guy's closet. He came clean eons ago.

    @Sharlista: bingo.

  • Sharlista posted at 4:37 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    Sharlista Posts: 40

    I've known Kenny most of my life and "infamous" just makes me laugh! This was 32 years ago, and everyone already knew it, but he took out an ad in the paper and rehashed the whole thing.

    I would love to know who's money is behind this. This is typical Searcy County.

  • ladyback posted at 4:21 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    ladyback Posts: 561

    what i mean rob, is let this be a lesson to you young people out there. some seemingly small, stupid act many years ago can come back to haunt you later in life.

  • Ridgeway posted at 1:42 pm on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    Ridgeway Posts: 2

    This is outrageous.The people of Searcy County elected this man sheriff overwhelmingly last November. Then one year later Ben Matlock Junior comes along wanting to make a name for himself. If anyone should be kicked out of office it is Hiland for waisting taxpayer money on his fame seeking witch hunt.

  • Rob posted at 10:42 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    Rob Posts: 1448

    @ Ladyback - ???
    I've not the slightest clue what you're getting at.

  • Rob posted at 10:28 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    Rob Posts: 1448

    Lightyears: LMBO!!! THAT was funny!

    I'm all for the 'rule of law' and all, but isn't this taking things just a little too far?
    Besides, the law states:
    "“No person hereafter convicted of embezzlement of public money, bribery, forgery or other infamous crime shall be eligible to the General Assembly or capable of holding any office of trust or profit in this State.”
    As I highly doubt that Cassel emezzeled hens that belonged to the public, or bribed somebody to steal them for him, or forged their footprints, is this to say that Mr. Hiland (or whoever is really behind this, ahem), defines having possession of a few chickens that don't belong to you as "Infamous?" Seriously???
    Somebody, buy that guy a dictionary and be done with this.

    @ babidoll, if Sheriff Cassel is truly harassing, now THAT would be a good reason for removal. If you have just cause, start a petition. But please, keep it on more sane grounds than Mr. Hiland?

  • ladyback posted at 10:09 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    ladyback Posts: 561

    for all those young people in the church photo, in support of their sherriff, let this be a lesson to you. your actions have consequences. period.

  • lightYears posted at 9:25 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    lightYears Posts: 938

    It seems that , the Sheriff needs to run for Congress, where that law doesn't apply.

    Goes to show, they deal strongly, with horse thieves in Texas; and chicken thieves in Arkansas.

  • babidoll posted at 8:40 am on Tue, Nov 1, 2011.

    babidoll Posts: 4

    It's odd to read that so many people support the sheriff. He has been harrassing innocent people in a large portion of searcy county. He has been on patrol chasing and following people closely for apparently no reason other than he don't like the people in part of the county. He needs to step down from his position. Maybe a petition should also go around for people to sign that wants rid of him.

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