Terry reap­pointed to ju­di­cial panel

Lieu­tenant gover­nor gives Lit­tle Rock lawyer sec­ond six-year term

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - MICHAEL R. WICKLINE

Lt. Gov. Tim Grif­fin reap­pointed at­tor­ney Rex Terry to a six-year term as an al­ter­nate mem­ber on the Ju­di­cial Dis­ci­pline and Dis­abil­ity Com­mis­sion, Grif­fin said Wed­nes­day.

Grif­fin, a Lit­tle Rock Repub­li­can, said he didn’t con­sider other can­di­dates for this ap­point­ment to the com­mis­sion be­cause “I was told he was out­stand­ing and know him to be out­stand­ing and a man of in­tegrity.

“Ex­pe­ri­ence on the com­mis­sion is a good thing, not a bad thing, es­pe­cially due to the unique na­ture of the com­mis­sion. Rex Terry is an as­set to the com­mis­sion and the state,” he said in an email.

Grif­fin, who is an at­tor­ney, said he didn’t dis­cuss any par­tic­u­lar cases with Terry.

“I just asked him if he was in­ter­ested in con­tin­u­ing to serve,” he said.

Terry is a part­ner at the Lit­tle Rock firm of Hardin, Jes­son and Terry, PLC, and has prac­ticed law for more than 30 years with a fo­cus on com­mer­cial and oil and gas trans­ac­tional mat­ters; pro­bate mat­ters; and the de­fense of com­plex lit­i­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to Grif­fin’s of­fice. He also has served as spe­cial jus­tice on the Ar­kan­sas Supreme Court.

In 2011, former Repub­li­can Lt. Gov. Mark Darr of Spring­dale ap­pointed Terry to his first term on the com­mis­sion.

Terry on Wed­nes­day re­ferred ques­tions about his work on the com­mis­sion to David Sachar, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ju­di­cial Dis­ci­pline and Dis­abil­ity Com­mis­sion.

As an al­ter­nate mem­ber, Terry is as­signed to a three-mem­ber in­ves­ti­ga­tory panel that func­tions like a fed­eral grand jury and de­cides whether to file charges against judges, Sachar said. The panel gen­er­ally con­sid­ers a half dozen to a dozen cases a month. Sachar said Terry serves on a panel along with Cir­cuit Judge Mark Lind­say and real es­tate com­pany owner Mary Bas­sett.

The com­mis­sion in­cludes nine reg­u­lar mem­bers who hold for­mal dis­ci­pline hear­ings and act as judges, and nine al­ter­nate mem­bers who serve on three in­ves­tiga­tive pan­els, Sachar said.

The Supreme Court and the gover­nor each ap­point three reg­u­lar mem­bers and three al­ter­nates. The lieu­tenant gover­nor, House speaker and at­tor­ney gen­eral each ap­point one reg­u­lar mem­ber and one al­ter­nate, Sachar said.

In Oc­to­ber 2015, Grif­fin an­nounced that he ap­pointed at­tor­ney Thomas Wil­liams of Lit­tle Rock as a reg­u­lar mem­ber to the com­mis­sion. Wil­liams is a man­ag­ing mem­ber of the Qu­at­tle­baum, Grooms and Tull PLLC.

The Ju­di­cial Dis­ci­pline and Dis­abil­ity Com­mis­sion is one of two state com­mis­sions for which the lieu­tenant gover­nor makes ap­point­ments, said Grif­fin spokesman David Ray. The other is the Ar­kan­sas Ethics Com­mis­sion.

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