DATE : January 8, 1996
FROM : Jean Duffey
RE : January 5, 1996,
Arkansas Times Cover Story
"THE DOPE ON SALINE COUNTY"
Hopefully for the sake of the good people of Saline County, a federal grand jury will finally get to hear the evidence that has amassed over the years, and those jurors will be allowed to determine, on their own, the extent of corruption in Saline County. Such was not the case for the 1990 jurors when Chuck Banks shut down that grand jury investigation, declaring that allegations of corruption against Saline County officials had no merit. Three grand jurors were so angered by the shut down, they got word to me that they were unanimously ready to indict Harmon and others but were dismissed before getting to do so.
Interestingly, there have been several Saline County investigations shut down, including the investigation of drug trafficking by city officials as reported by the Arkansas Democrat on December 3, 1988. That "joint investigation by the FBI and the Arkansas State Police" also went nowhere. The public and the media should be demanding an answer to an alarming question: Who has the power to shut these investigations down, and why do they have an interest in protecting Saline County Officials.
NOTE: I appreciate the Arkansas Times for keeping a promise made to me five years ago. I was invited to come to them whenever I was ready to respond to the massive media campaign (more than 200 newspaper articles) launched against me by Dan Harmon in 1990. I did not respond at the time, because I depended on "justice to prevail" so my name would be cleared, but I won't rely on that happening this time. I will ALWAYS be available for a comment anytime of the day or night. If a reporter wishes to contact me for a response regarding the corruption in Saline County, I can be reached through any one of my family members listed above and will respond immediately.