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Mr. Burks,
My name is David Cannon. I am the attorney who represented Tammy McLain in the case discussed in your article. There are several facts that were left out of your article on Saturday, January 7, 2012.
Despite an extensive investigation by the Saline County Prosecutor's office, the Saline County Sheriff's office, and the Bureau of Legislative Audit, spanning 15 months, the only money that was found missing was $5.00. The missing $5.00 was used by Ms. Perkins and the current director of Saline County CASA, Kerry Oreck to buy coffee. The allegations of theft were made by Ms. Oreck after she was fired from Saline County CASA. After being fired Ms. Oreck went to her friend Stephanie Casady, the wife of prosecuting attorney Ken Casady, and got this investigation started. How nice it must be for a disgruntled former employee to be friends with the prosecutor's wife. Ms. Oreck made allegations of large scale thefts but only $5.00 was determined to be stolen. That same $5.00 that Ms. Oreck was complicit in spending. Ms. Oreck not only received her job back but was promoted to Ms. Perkins' former position. It is nice to be friends with the prosecutor's wife. Especially when the prosecutor makes such bold statements as "no other CASA volunteers or employees were part of the illegal activities". The prosecutor's office was made aware of Ms. Oreck's involvement during the course of the investigation, but has chosen not to prosecute Ms. Oreck. I can only surmise this is because she is friends with the prosecutor's wife.
The records of both Saline County CASA and Perimeter club were very well organized and the funds properly separated. So much so that the owners of said funds were easily determined and the funds are being returned to their owners. The majority of the funds seized by Saline County Deputies are being returned to Ms. McLain and Ms. Perkins.
Ms. McLain pled guilty to operating the bingo hall after Perimeter Club's license had expired. Operating a bingo hall with an expired license is a violation, which is less serious than operating a vehicle with an expired driver's license, which is a misdemeanor. Perimeter Club had a pending application for renewal. The license was to be reissued until the Saline County Sheriff's Department raided the establishment.
Sheriff Pennington's statement that no money had ever been donated to Saline County CASA is a complete and total falsehood. The records reviewed by Sheriff Pennington's department, the Saline County Prosecutor's office, and Bureau of Legislative Audit clearly show money being donated to Saline County CASA and another charity which ministered to and educated deaf Hondurans.
I am disappointed that you failed to request comment from all sides and sought to act not as a journalist but rather a propagandist for the Saline County Sheriff's office, the Saline County Prosecutor's Office, and Ken Casady. I am willing and have permission to speak with you regarding this matter if you are so inclined.
I also wish to question why the Benton Courier has not published an article regarding Stephanie Casady's campaign for Saline County District Judge. Residents of Saline County should know the conflict of interest that having a judge and prosecutor as husband and wife creates. As a criminal defense attorney I would immediately move to disqualify Mrs. Casady from sitting on any criminal case which her husband's office prosecutes. I would also move to suppress every search warrant signed by Ms. Casady because it was not issued by a neutral and detached magistrate as required by the Constitution. This scenario would create backlog for the other district judge and also the circuit judges when I appeal every district court case due to impropriety.
I understand that Mr. and Mrs. Casady think the taint their marriage casts over criminal proceedings could be removed by simply hiring independent contractors to prosecute criminal cases before Ms. Casady. I must then ask myself, "Why should the residents of Saline County be asked to pay additional tax dollars for independent contractors to prosecute cases when they are already paying for full-time prosecutors to do that? Why should the residents of Saline County be faced with higher taxes so that one family can receive two government salaries? Will the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney's office fire the prosecutor's currently prosecuting in district court? Will the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney's office agree to reduce its annual operating budget to cover the costs fo the independent contractors?" 
Is the Courier going to look into this or is it going to remain silent and shirk its journalistic duties? I look forward to hearing from.

David R. CannonThe Cannon Law Firm, PLC425 W. Broadway, Suite ANorth Little Rock, AR 7211

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I read the latest thread on this, then i read this thread.

Was this posted on Facebook or something? Just curious of how it spread and almost simultaneously posted.
Very interesting.

Major conflict of interest if you ask me!  I'm amazed how this kind of thing can happen all across Saline County. 

I agree.......I thought this type of politics was in Saline County's past.  how do we make sure John Q. Public is aware of the financial consequences of the Prosecutor's wife being elected District Judge? 

Why is it that you and Rick Kirby have to post the SAME THING on this blog under a different name?

All I can say is after 17 months of Having to live with this,
 I AM glad it is over!!!  Taking that plea was the only way to end this.

I deleted my post just for you, "Citizen".

You're welcome.
Citizen, I happened to be on the site and I think they posted within seconds of each other. One second I was replying to one and then all of a sudden the other popped up.

I think that it is unprofessional and a bit childish to go on media sites and post a letter like this. Not a attorney I would want representing me. Battles are won in the court room not the social media. Your just asking for it when you go about it this way. I'm sure the Courier had its reasons for not posting the absurd letter. Always someone, somewhere stirring the pot.

Part of what this is about, WNS, is being able to win those battles in the court room, instead of the Casadys having a talk over wine in a hot tub.  I found nothing absurd about the letter, nor did anyone else here.  The Courier's only reason for not publishing it is the same as it ever was.  The less we know, the better.  Sometimes, stirring the pot is the only way things rise to the top for all of us to see.  Where is your transparency now, Davis?

Paleeeeeze!!  The Courier had it's reasons?  I'm am sure that it does. 


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