Prosecutors to Rest Friday in Trial of Former Batesville Prosecutor

February 19, 2004 - Posted at 5:15 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Federal prosecutors in the corruption trial of former local prosecutor T.J. Hively say they intend to rest their case tomorrow.

They are trying to prove that Hively ran Arkansas' 16th Judicial District as a criminal enterprise with help from former law partner Wesley "Butch" Ketz and bail bondsman Gary Edwards.

Witness Cathy Sampson Clark testified today that she was tricked into signing land over to Edwards in exchange for keeping herself out of jail.  An accused rapist provided similar testimony yesterday that Edwards and Hively joined forces to make charges disappear in exchange for money or property.

But in the Sampson case, the witness claimed that she was duped into thinking that Hively would charge her with a crime she did not commit if she didn't give up the land.  Sampson's husband was convicted of shooting her boyfriend.

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