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Rapert critic appeals false report conviction

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APPEALIN: Stephane Ferry.
  • APPEALIN: Stephane Ferry.
Stephane Ferry, convicted in Conway district court of a misdemeanor charge of filing a false report about Sen. Jason Rapert, has appealed that conviction to Circuit Court as promised.

Ferry was tried, convicted and sentenced to 30 days by District Judge David Reynolds who concluded Ferry had falsely complained to Conway police that Rapert had threatened him. Rapert, who recorded some conversations with Ferry, said he'd threatened to report Ferry to police if he continued calling him. Rapert termed it harassment. A tearful Rapert testified the episode had taken "two years of his life." The case was built on a conversation earlier this year. (UPDATE: Rapert disputes the account of a court spectator about his sounding tearful and what he said in court that day. A Log Cabin Democrat report quoted Rapert as saying, when asked to recommend sentencing, that Ferry's actions "took two years of OUR lives.")

The appeal lists Jeff Rosenzweig of Little Rock as Ferry's attorney. The case was assigned to Judge H.G. Foster.

Appeals to circuit court mean a new trial of a case. A pretrial hearing is set Sept. 25.

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