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Rusk Co. candidates spar during GOP forum in Henderson

Rusk Co. candidates spar during GOP forum in Henderson
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 10:33am

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 10:44am

Candidates for the top prosecutor’s job in Rusk County sparred Monday over plea bargaining and how to deal with illegal drug use.

The interplay between incumbent County Attorney Michael Jimerson and Allison Biggs, who face each other in the May 29 Republican primary, was one of several candidate exchanges during the forum. Some 175 people attended the event, sponsored by the Greater Henderson Chamber of Commerce and radio station KTXI, in the Henderson Civic Center.

“It cheats justice,” Jimerson said of the plea bargain system, which he also admitted is necessary, with some 700 misdemeanor and 300 felony cases a year. “You’ve got to move those cases. You don’t have 1,000 days a year to try those cases, even if all of them could be tried in one day.”

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