The Arkansas Ethics Commission will meet this Friday May 20th at 9:00 a.m. to decide whether or not probable cause exists for the finding of a violation of Arkansas Code Annotated § 21-8-301(a) and/or Ark. Code Ann. §21-8-801 (a)(1) against former ABC Enforcement Agent Jerrell L. Smith. Smith is currently employed as a deputy with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department.
The Commission will do the same for the ABC permit holder, William "Billy" Marfoglio, that purchased and gave a Taser to Smith in violation of Arkansas Laws. Marfoglio is a convicted felon and some have questioned how he came to obtain a permit in the first place.
Corruption is not new to the ABC. In fact tainted ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet, Jr. is the perfect example of a Brady Cop and his presence at ABC Enforcement creates great problems for that agency.
Governor Hutchinson needs to man up and admit that choosing Hamlet to head ABC Enforcement was a poor decision and do the right thing and send him packing.