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Information was recently passed on to us that the badge was sold via eBay around March 19, 2015 for $175.00 by an individual using the pseudonym cloakedvessel.
We have attempted to contact cloakedvessel to find out how they came into possession of the badge to no avail. However, we believe we may have discovered who cloakedvessel is... Catherine Johnson.
Based on a research we believe that cloakedvessel rather, Ms. Johnson, is in fact the wife of Mark Johnson (son of infamous "Justice Jim" Johnson, a well known segregationist and all round despicable individual).
|FORMER ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JIM JOHNSON|
"Justice Jim" committed suicide (literally) back in 2010. Perhaps the badge had been a possession of his and that is how she came to sell it.
Ms. Johnson (a Republican) was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to the Arkansas Ethics Commission back in 2007. Ms. Johnson was chairman of the commission when her term ended on December 31, 2011. Under state law, Beebe had to appoint someone who voted in the Republican Party's primary election in the last two primaries (which she did).
Ms. Johnson was involved in a little controversy over her being fired as the executive director of the now defunct Little Rock Aerospace Education Center back in 1995. She was represented by attorney Chip Welch (now Judge Welch- who even back them had a hard time keeping the facts straight), in her failed attempt to regain her job at the Center.
Ms. Johnson has a connection to Gov. Asa Hutchinson as she was hired by Hutchinson to be his finance director in his failed 1986 senatorial campaign against Dale Bumpers.