Larry Jegley - Letter to Editor
From Larry Jegley to the El Dorado News Times:
To the Editor: A free and trusted press is an invaluable asset to any community. The El Dorado News-Times served as an invaluable guardian of good government when, as a free and trusted press, it was the institution to which a victim of mistreatment by a deputy prosecutor turned when she felt she had nowhere to tell her story. From that grew an investigation by Sheriff Ken Jones and his outstanding staff, which resulted in no contest pleas this past Monday by former Chief Deputy Prosecutor Joe Wray, accompanied by the surrender of his Arkansas Law License. When asked to serve as Special Prosecuting Attorney in the matter, I never envisioned the width and breadth of pain I would feel in that capacity, at both a professional and on a personal level. Not only was the breach of public trust the investigation addressed disturbing, so were the many sad and difficult circumstances of the victims and witnesses. Likewise, the pain and distress of Mr. Wray's family and colleagues has been monumental.
That said, justice has been served. The citizens of Union County should be proud of their newspaper. They should be especially proud of their Sheriff Ken Jones, his staff, and their Prosecuting Attorney Jamie Pratt, who moved swiftly and correctly when this situation came to first light. You are better as a community with such fine guardians and protectors among you.
It was an honor to serve as your Special Prosecuting Attorney. I hope and pray none of us will face such a situation ever again.
Larry Jegley Prosecuting Attorney Sixth Judicial District State of Arkansas.