Judge rules in Jernigan's favor

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Poinsett County judge ruled Monday that Steve Jernigan is eligible to remain mayor of Lepanto.

According to Jernigan's attorney, Arlon Woodruff, "the judge ruled in favor of Jernigan's election and denied the prosecuting attorney's office petition."

There had been some question as to whether or not the city address Jernigan listed when running for mayor was actually his home address. The prosecutor's office had received complaints that Jernigan did not reside in the city limits and had the Arkansas State Police investigate.

Prosecuting attorney Martin Lilly said that during an interview with State Police, "Jernigan produced a one page document which was a lease for $5 a week. The lease was for a residence in the city limits which has no phone and utilities in his name."

Jernigan took office Jan. 1 and will remain in office thanks to the ruling.

"I'm just pleased with the results," Jernigan said.

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  • Looks like the good ole boys network is still going strong!

    -- Posted by jxlput on Thu, Jan 27, 2011, at 3:24 PM
  • Ain't it funny how a Poinsett county judge ruled in favor of an ole Judge. Sounds like backwoods politics to me. I know if I had the money of a past judge I wouldn't live in the back of a store with no phone. Jesus led by example. This is whats wrong with People in general. We expect people to be upstanding and obey the laws, but then politics can bend them to fit certain situations and fill ones needs. Dishonesty and deceit got us where we are today in America. The new mayor's plans included cleaning up crime. Lets start with the town leader. Don't get me wrong, I don't even know the new mayor, but a law is a law, but the "Good Ole Boy", system over rules laws. Just goes to show you, "you can't police morals". As far as the rent, I would like to rent me a place like that. How does one do that honestly? Cheaper than government housing!

    -- Posted by lbrewer on Sat, Jan 29, 2011, at 3:34 PM
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