Judge Wilkins, please step downThere's more, but you get the drift.
Shocked. Hurt. Disappointed. Angry. Disturbed.
Pick any of those words. They represent how we and many others feel today after hearing that our county judge, Henry “Hank” Wilkins IV, has admitted to taking $100,000 in bribes during his time in the Arkansas Legislature.
Of all the things we need in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County right now, another black eye certainly isn’t anywhere on the list.
....We are not here to cast judgment on Wilkins. But we certainly know right from wrong. Since this isn’t a case of innocent until proven guilty — he admitted the wrongdoing — we feel like the judge has no other option than to immediately step down from his post.
...We can’t imagine the looks on prospective business investors’ faces when they come to town and find out that there is a politician who has admitted corruption running our county.
...Judge Wilkins, we are ashamed of you. We put our trust in you to do the right thing for us while you were in the Legislature. Further, in your role as a pastor, you took money borne out of sin and funneled it into a house of God.