Hearing dates set in St. Francis County election lawsuit - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Hearing dates set in St. Francis County election lawsuit

FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) - Hearings have been scheduled in a lawsuit brought by a former state legislator in a 2006 primary election.

The suit, brought by former state Rep. Arnell Willis, is set for a preliminary hearing Jan. 23 and a final hearing Feb. 11-12 before Special Judge John Lineberger.

Willis filed the lawsuit after a June 2006 runoff showed him 78 votes behind Jack Crumbly for the District 16 Senate seat. Crumbly had no general election opponents and was sworn in to office last year.

The state Supreme Court has ordered the hearings, saying voters who cast illegal ballots in contested elections can be forced to testify as to how they voted.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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