Change Of Plea Hearing In Federal Court

Former Senator Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, is scheduled for a change of plea hearing on today before U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker nearly nine months after he was indicted by a federal grand jury in a wide-ranging public corruption scheme.

The hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas will be held at the Richard Sheppard Arnold U.S. Courthouse at noon in downtown Little Rock. According to the one-page court filing, the former Arkansas senator will appear before Baker to change his earlier not guilty plea, although the court offered no details or reasons for Hutchinson’s change of heart.

In September 2018, Hutchinson pleaded not guilty on all 12 counts of allegedly devising a scheme to steal thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and then falsifying state campaign finance reports and tax filings as part of the scheme. In the original 15-page indictment, federal prosecutors alleged the Hutchinson spent thousands of dollars proffered from campaign funds on everything from cruises and travel expenses to St. Louis Cardinal baseball games to utility bills and Netflix fees.     MORE

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