Benton Courier


Chaffin offers support for Harmon

TRASKWOOD - Sen. Charlie Cole Chaffin drew a rousing round of applause from what appeared to be the vast majority of the hundreds of people gathered in the new community center Friday night when she said, "We are the luckiest people in the world because we have a Constitution . . . I'm so sorry Dan Harmon cannot be with us tonight because he is defending those constitutional rights."

Chaffin had just read a letter of congratulations to the city of Traskwood from Gov. Bill Clinton when she made the remark.

Many municipal and county officials from Saline County attended the dedication, but Harmon, a resident of Benton and the 7th Judicial District prosecutor, has been incarcerated in the North Little Rock jail since Tuesday. Harmon was jailed by U.S. Magistrate Judge H. David Young because he refused to agree to Young's standard conditions of release.

The prosecutor specifically objected to having to take a drug test, being subject to extensive pretrial supervision and to a prohibition against possessing a firearm.

Harmon appeared before Young to enter a plea to misdemeanor charges of failing to file income tax returns for the years 1985-88.

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