by Max Brantley
It's open. Final thoughts:
* ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE: I mentioned yesterday a complaint from an out-of-state lawyer about Arkansas lawyers who didn't report potential juror misconduct in one of the West Memphis Three cases in 1994. I said then that the lawyers have always explained that there were bound to silence by the attorney-client relationship. One of those lawyers, Lloyd Warford, elaborated on that in a comment to Mara Leveritt.
* GO, NEWT, GO: CNN polling says Mitt Romney's lead over Newt Gingrich is shrinking in South Carolina. Nobody ever hurt themselves by race-baiting in the state that gave us Fort Sumter.
* TARGETING CIGARETTE MONEY: Sen. Bill Pritchard, an old fan of drug courts, is leading a legislative charge to raid tobacco settlement money for drug courts. Gov. Mike Beebe is opposed.
* BEEBE: LIKE I SAID BEFORE, NO STATE EMPLOYEE PAY RAISES: He reiterated today. Also said he wasn't inclined to further bailout a fund that pays court personnel with special court revenues. Courts will either have to figure out how to step up collections or "reprioritize" expenses.