Mike Huckabee, who relocated to Florida to avoid the Arkansas income tax while pursuing a media career and possible presidential run, has a propensity for exaggeration. But he might have set a new standard last week by suggesting a punishment not allowed by law for Wikileaker, who revealed U.S. diplomatic communications. He told Politico that person should be executed. "They've put American lives at risk. They put relationships that will take decades to rebuild at risk. They knew full well that they were handling sensitive documents they were entrusted. And anyone who had access to that level of information was not only a person who understood what their rules were, but they also signed, under oath, a commitment that they would not violate. They did ... Any lives they endangered, they're personally responsible for and the blood is on their hands."
When judges need money
Jason Tolbert of the Tolbert Report reported last week that a fund-raiser would be held at Doe's this week for Karen Baker, the appeals court judge who won a seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court by defeating Tim Fox. A letter sent along with an invitation to the event said that Baker had piled up a $290,000 campaign debt and was seeking contributions to pay it off, else the obligationj will be her own. The letter was tailored to lawyers, as judicial fund-raisers usually are. "As an attorney," the letter said, "you want a justice that will be fair and impartial." Not that a contribution, or failure to make one, could possibly affect a judge's fairness or partiality.
As is also customary in judicial campaign fund-raising, the host list for the event was almost exclusively lawyers, including a number of prominent trial lawyers, such as Will Bond, Bobby McDaniel, Sam Ledbetter, Brent Baber, Sam Perroni, Brad Hendrix and Bruce McMath. Wrote Tolbert about the fund-raising appeal: "Seriously Arkansas — we have got to come up with a better way of choosing our judges."
Dorm with a penthouse
n The University of Central Arkansas will break ground Dec. 17 on an $18 million dormitory with a wrinkle. With $2.2 million in private donations, the school is going to put 12 20-person skyboxes on the fifth floor. The boxes, which will overlook the school football stadium, will cost $25,000 a year to lease and Athletic Director Brad Teague told the Log Cabin Democrat he already had commitments for eight. No student-fat cat interaction is anticipated. The skyboxes will have a private entrance, reserved parking and a separate lobby and elevators, not to mention coming equipped with refrigerators and ice makers. The dorm will rise immediately behind the visitor stands at Estes Stadium and face west, with indoor and outdoor seating.