The Arkansas Supreme Court handed down a Formal Order today denying Tommy L. Fite’s Petition and amended petition for writ of prohibition without prejudice.
Fite is a Republican candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives in District 83. Last week, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Collins Kilgore ruled that Fite was ineligible for the ballot because he plead guilty to a misdemeanor bribery charge in 1984. Judge Kilgore ordered election officials not to count votes for Fite. Fite filed a Petition for Writ of Prohibition and an Amended Petition for Writ of Prohibition with the Arkansas Supreme Court. In response, Michael Grulkey filed a Response to Fite’s Petition for a Writ of Prohibition and Motion for Rule 11 Sanctions Against Fite. Both the Petition and Motion for Rule 11 Sanctions were denied by today’s order.
The pleadings filed in the Arkansas Supreme Court can be viewed here:
- Fite Petition for Writ of Prohibition
- Fite Amended Petition
- Grulkey’s Response to Fite Petition for Writ of Prohibition
The seat for which Fite is running represents Crawford and Franklin counties and is currently held by Republican Beverly Pyle. Democrat Leslee Milam Post is also a candidate for that position.
Elections will be held tomorrow, November 2, 2010.