Former Batesville Prosecutor Won't Get Requested Hearing to Avoid Trial on Corruption Charges

November 14, 2003 - Posted at 7:33 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Former prosecutor T.J. Hively will not get a hearing to make his case on why he should not be tried again on racketeering, extortion and mail fraud charges.

A federal judge ruled yesterday that scrutiny of the case file shows no grounds for granting such a hearing.  U.S. District Judge George Howard had previously denied Hively's motion to dismiss the charges.

A trial of Hively on the corruption charges ended in March 2001 with a hung jury unable to reach any verdict.

The charges stem from allegations during his six-year term as chief prosecutor of the 16th Judicial District, which covers Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard and Stone counties.

Two other men, former Hively law partner Wesley John "Butch" Ketz, Jr. and bail bondsman Gary Edwards were indicted along with Hively.

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