Former Arkansas lawmaker asks federal judge to toss charges
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas lawmaker is asking a judge to dismiss charges he spent thousands of dollars in campaign funds on himself, accusing federal investigators of misconduct and violating his rights.
Attorneys for former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson say in a motion filed Thursday the investigation into the former lawmaker began with an illegal search of Hutchinson’s laptop and that evidence that would exonerate him from the laptop was destroyed.
A federal grand jury last year indicted Hutchinson, who is the governor’s nephew, on charges he used campaign funds for personal expenses, including a Caribbean cruise, tuition payments and groceries.
Hutchinson has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Hutchinson’s attorneys asked a judge to dismiss the indictment or suppress evidence following a hearing.