Monday, April 28, 2008

DON'T CRY FOR ME, ARKANSAS

Nostalgic moments from the Clinton years

NEWSMAX, 1999 Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has commuted Sharlene Wilson's 31-year sentence after she served most of the Clinton administration in jail for having delivered small quantities of drugs. In 1994 Wilson described Clinton's alleged cocaine use to the London Sunday Telegraph. The prosecutor who sent her to jail was her ex-boyfriend Dan Harmon, who later ended up in prison himself on drug, racketeering, and extortion charges. Here's what the Telegraph's Ambrose Evans Pritchard has written about Wilson:

She told The Sunday Telegraph that she had supplied Bill Clinton with cocaine during his first term as Governor. "Bill was so messed up that night, he slid down the wall into a garbage can," she said. The story has credibility because she told it under oath to a federal grand jury in Little Rock in December 1990. At the time she was an informant for the Seventh Judicial District drug task force in Arkansas. Jean Duffey, the prosecutor in charge of the task force, talked to Wilson days after her grand jury appearance. "She was terrified. She said her house was being watched and she'd made a big mistake," said Duffey. "That was when she told me she'd testified about seeing Bill Clinton get so high on cocaine he fell into a garbage can . . . I have no doubt that she was telling the truth." Shortly after Wilson's testimony the drug task force was closed down.

Duffey was hounded out of her job and now lives at a secret address in Texas. Wilson was charged with drug violations. In 1992 she was sentenced to 31 years for selling half an ounce of marijuana and $100 worth of methamphetamine to an informant . . . With the help of a brilliant Arkansas lawyer, John Wesley Hall, her case went all the way to the US Supreme Court. Finding a violation of her constitutional rights, the court ordered the state of Arkansas to give Wilson a fresh trial or set her free.

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