The open line. Also: FOI case; cab robbery arrest; brutal police video | Arkansas Blog

The open line. Also: FOI case; cab robbery arrest; brutal police video



Here's the open line and video roundup. Also:

* QUASHED: Circuit Judge Herb Wright today quashed subpoenas issued by Marion Humphrey in defending against a misdemeanor charge that Rodney Forte, director of the Metropolitan Housing Alliance, violated the Freedom of Information Act in responding to records requests from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Forte was convicted in district court and has appealed. His agency had said it would cost $16,000 to produce all the records the newspaper had sought about the housing authority's operations. The prosecutor has contended the agency refused to work with the newspaper on the request. Humphrey wanted to call newspaper publisher, Walter Hussman, as a witness, as well as two deputy prosecutors working on the case. The judge granted motions to quash all three. Hussman said his testimony wasn't needed because others could testify to the newspaper's ability to pay copying charges and Humphrey's motion has just an effort to harass him. The state said prosecutors need not be required to testify in a case they were litigating. The case is set for trial next week.

* ROBBERY ARREST: Conway police say they have arrested Freddie Walker, 18, in the robbery of a Yellow Cab driver Saturday morning. Video of the robbery by a cab surveillance camera sharply illustrated the robbery and was widely circulated.

* POLICE BRUTALITY: In case you haven't seen the video already, everybody is talking about the brutal takedown of a smallish high school student by a school police officer in South Carolina. Major investigations promised. Already, somebody has gone on Fox News to defend the cop because the student allegedly "disrespected him." Some cops really do think words are summarily punishable by violence.

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