Former state Rep. Fred Smith
STILL STANDING: Fred Smith
hasn't quit fighting his removal of him from the 2012 election ballot as a Democratic candidate.
The Arkansas Democratic Party sued
to have Smith, a first term
legislator, removed from the ballot that year because
at the time of filing, he had a felony record for theft. His record was cleared after completion of probation. He won election
anyway because the Democratic nominee dropped out with legal troubles and Smith was elected as a Green Party nominee. He was defeated by a Democrat in 2014.
Acting as his own lawyer, Smith filed suit in Pulaski Circuit Court May 3
1 against the Democratic Party
and Sen. Will Bond
, as a Democratic Party official, seeking damages over alleged violation of his civil rights for being denied a place on the ballot. He said they'd falsely labeled him a convicted felon.
Also on May 31 and again representing himself,
Smith sued the State Police
and an officer, Ricky McKelvey.
This suit alleges he'd been improperly entered in
a national database as a convicted felon and fugitive.
Smith, 44, lives in the West Memphis area. He says he stays busy, among others, working with youth basketball teams. He's a former Harlem Globetrotter. He said he's had the opportunity since his legal troubles to do a great deal of study of the Constitution. "I'm still standing," he said.