LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A former Arkansas state representative has filed a lawsuit against a House candidate, saying he’s disqualified from serving in the Legislature due to a misdemeanor conviction for writing a bounced check.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2bPqy4I ) reports that former Democratic state Rep. Johnnie Bolin filed the lawsuit against Republican candidate Jim Hall on Monday.
The lawsuit, which was prepared by state Democratic Party attorney Chris Burks, seeks to have Hall’s certification for the November ballot withdrawn.
The lawsuit said Hall’s conviction amounts to intent to defraud and would prohibit Hall from serving under the Arkansas Constitution.
An arrest report says Hall wrote a $500 check for an egg incubator in May 2014 that was twice returned by the bank. He was arrested in April, a month after he won the uncontested Republican primary for House District 9. He pleaded guilty in the case.
According to Hall, he bought the incubator for his son and told the seller to wait before cashing the check so that it would clear. He said he forgot about the check until he was arrested this year.
Hall said he hasn’t seen the lawsuit, but that the conviction is not a reason to be removed from the ballot and he will seek to have his record expunged.
According to the lawsuit, Republicans cannot nominate a replacement candidate if Hall is disqualified because the vacancy would not have happened through death, illness or a candidate moving.
This is not the only case to plague Hall. Last week, the Arkansas Court of Appeals declined his appeal of a 2015 conviction on misdemeanor harassment charges in which the candidate argued he had a bad lawyer.
Hall faces a minimum of 90 days in jail. He has appealed his case to the Arkansas Supreme Court.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com