Tuesday, August 30, 2016



Governor Asa Hutchinson has made several appointments that call his judgement into question. One is Boyce Hamlet as ABC Enforcement Director   and Hamlet's friend and Republican stooge Carlton Saffa is another.

Saffa, a Little Rock insurance broker was active as an unpaid advisor in Hutchinson’s campaign received the position as a pay-off.
However, Saffa was under investigation by the Arkansas Insurance Department for unethical sales procedures at the time Hutchinson appointed him as an advisor for insurance matters with an annual salary of $90,899.95.

Five days after he joined the governor's office, he terminated his contract with Washington National Insurance. He surrendered his insurance license in April 2015, the same month the legal division of the Insurance Department began investigating him. 

In an Oct. 16, 2015 letter of reprimand, the department said Carlton Saffa provided confusing and misleading information on the status of old policies, cost of new policies and insurance premium returns.

The department found "suitability issues" -- meaning people were sold insurance unsuitable to their financial means or needs -- and "potential misrepresentation and alleged fraud."

The actions are a violation of the state Trade Practices Act, according to the letter. The act pertains to the insurance business.

Department records obtained through the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act indicate that about 15 complaints had been filed against Saffa since 2012.

The reprimand states that if Saffa wanted to renew his license, "the Department will consider the allegations of the complaints" and will require six hours of continuing education in ethics, "preferably with a focus on suitability and misrepresentation."

Saffa referred to his work with the department in a transcript of an Oct. 1, 2015 conference in what can be described as an overt threat.

Saffa told Taryn Lewis, an investigator with the Insurance Department, and Suzanne Tipton, a deputy commissioner, "I handle everything you touch, as you all know, you and I are in a lot of meetings together."

As previously mentioned, the Insurance Department was going to revoke his license, as indicated in the transcript: 

Suzanne Tipton (deputy commissioner): "We are leaning towards what is possibly revocation instead of a straight surrender of your license, and that's something that you can agree to and do a consent order."

Saffa: "There are ripple effects that can occur on the difference between revocation and reprimand," Saffa said. "I understand I'm being recorded when I say that.

The letter of reprimand was in response to complaints from customers Chorsie Burns, Judy Perkins, Gloria McGuire, and Lou and Herbert Daniels.

Documents also show Saffa was being investigated by Washington National Insurance. It had two open and two closed complaints against Saffa in April 2015 when the state opened its investigation.

The company found Saffa "told the consumer a lie to obtain a higher premium policy," according to an Insurance Department memo.

In another instance investigated by the company, a customer said Saffa canceled her policy without approval. The customer reviewed a signed cancellation form for her account, but it "was not her signature."

When the Arkansas Insurance Department  issued the letter of reprimand, it caused a stink in the governor's office and resulted in a lot of unwanted bad press.  Carlton had been hired to work on insurance related matters for Asa.  Well, Asa couldn't have him do that after the way the mess blew up. 

So the governor's office found something else for Carlton to do.  Saffa  was tossed down to lower level concerns and ended up being the liaison for some minor state agencies, like Alcoholic Beverage Control.

But that move caused another problem. That being with his family connections in the liquor industry. So he had to opt out of any matters involving his family and the ABC.


This was not the first time Saffa has been involved in controversy.

When he was a student at the University of Arkansas at Fayeteville, Saffa was almost expelled. Saffa later left the UAF without graduating.

Saffa also was part of a group to get rid of UAF Chancellor John White and had a web site about their activities.

The "Oust the Commissar" business turned gangster real fast.

Saffa and Andy Long , both Associated Student Government ("ASG") Senators, were accused of harassing students involved with an ASG investigation following a faculty fee referendum in November 2003. 

Saffa was represented by the American Civil Liberty Union.  How ironical.

The charges against Saffa and Long were dropped.

Several months later Saffa was still boiling mad and expressed his feelings in an email to a civil liberties student organization:


At around the same time, Saffa also attacked Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller in a email blast to thousand of Arkansas Republicans.  Just a precursor to sketchy political activities he would later conduct or be associated with.

Saffa's employment in the insurance field began when he was still in his 20's, but he has always been involved in political activity too, usually on the shady side.

In 2008 Saffa was listed as a Director for Citizens for Open and Responsive Government.

This organization ran political advertisements claiming that John McCain could not use a keyboard or computer because of war injuries sustained in Vietnam. This is in response to the Obama campaign’s " Still " ad, which mocks McCain’s inability to use a computer or send an e-mail. The spot also quotes Joe Biden calling the initial Obama ad "terrible."

Saffa told the reporter that CORG decided to film the ad because it felt the issue was being ignored by the mainstream media. Lt. Col. Mike Fairhead, the veteran in the video, was also injured in the Vietnam War. 

Saffa used his post office box in Little Rock, as the registered address for CORG. He also used his cell phone number.

In 2009, Saffa was sued for running up more than a $5,0000 balance on a credit card and refusing to make any payments to the credit card company.


According to documents filed in the lawsuit, the credit card was issued to Saffa on June 15, 2000.  Saffa apparently used the card and made payments. That was until June 2006 when he stopped making payments and would not respond to request for payments.

Saffa's attorney was Jeremy Hutchinson, Asa Hutchinson's nephew.

Hutchison is a poor excuse of an attorney and did a shit job for Saffa, failing to provide answers to discovery, which damaged Saffa's case,  resulting in a $7, 615.00 judgment being obtained against Saffa.

Saffa had a little over $8,000.00 in an account at Regions Bank and the winner of the lawsuit issued a Writ of Garnishment to Regions to collect the judgment.

Regions Bank froze Saffa's account and Saffa quickly paid off the entire judgment.

This was not the last time Saffa had problems paying bills.
Saffa and his wife, Kristen, had a lien filed against them by the State of Arkansas in September 2011 for failing to pay state income taxes.

Saffa and his wife filed articles of incorporation in Arkansas and Texas in 2011, but ran afoul in Texas and lost the right to do business there.  We suspect they failed to pay fees there.  Deadbeats.

In 2012 Saffa formed a political action committee name "Retire Pryor".

Saffa ranted on his website retirepryor.com 

about a perceived tax dodge while never mentioning that he was also a confirmed deadbeat himself. Hypocracy at its finest.

Saffa ran afoul of the the FEC when he failed to file required paperwork repeatedly.


The entire time that Safa was refusing to pay his credit card bill and his state income taxes, his photo was showing up in Soiree at hoity-toity events and he and his wife were even featured in a video. 

 Saffa was quoted in an article in the New York Times

Well Carlton is weird, he had his wedding reception at the Clinton Presidential Library!

Governor Hutchinson should have done the honorable and ethical thing and dismissed Saffa when the insurance scandal broke.  But Hutchinson has no qualms about keeping trash like Saffa on the public payroll. That speaks volumes about our governor.


Saturday, August 27, 2016


The Arkansas Department of Corrections placed inmate Kevin Domerese in the White County jail under their Act 309 program back in 2015.

And two female jailers rewarded Domerese with sex and cell phones, complete with nude photos of themselves, for his "good behavior".

That got them charged this week with Sexual Assault in the 3rd degree, a Class C Felony, and the ADC prisoner moved back to a ADC facility.


According to documents filed in the criminal cases against the pair of now former jailers, Jacobs began a sexual relationship with Domerese in October 2015 and it continued through January 2016. Viger began her sexual relationship with him in March 2016 and it continued through May 2016.

The pair had given Domerese cell phones and they sent him nude photos of themselves. The cell phones were discovered in June and the Arkansas State Police began an investigation which led to the charges.



The court records indicate that the pair indicated that they had sex (separately) with Domerese in the Sheriff's office, courtrooms, a bathroom and in the woods near the jail.  It is not clear if the pair knew about each others involvement with Domerese.
Phillip Miller, Chief Deputy for the White County Sheriff's Office told reporters that, "the camera's cover a lot of areas but the don't cover all areas."

Miller also stated that as jailers, the pair "know where those black spots are", referring to areas that are outside of camera coverage.

Plea and arraignment hearings for the pair have been set for September 6th.  

Deputy Miller would not comment if the hearing would be held in a courtroom where sexual activity occurred.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016



Erica Nicole (Lauer) Suskie, targeted and seduced a teenager that was the son of a close personal friend and a student at Little Rock Catholic High School where she was a substitute teacher. Once her crime was exposed, she attacked the teenager, knocking him to the ground. 

We will not go into all the details of this case here, instead we are providing a link to records provided to us by the prosecuting attorney.  The black redaction's were made by their office, the ones in red were made by us for items they missed.  You can read what the victim and his parents told police and see some of the evidence for yourself.

Usually  perverse and depraved actions like that would have you handcuffed and hauled off to jail and require a sizable bond posted before you would be released, as happened in other similar cases:



Not if your husband is Paul C. Suskie, a  big shot executive vice president at Southwest Power Pool, a former chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, a former three term North Little Rock City Attorney, and a former employee of U.S. Senator David Pryor and of Arkansas Attorney General Winston Bryant.  

Suskie ran in a failed attempt for the office of Arkansas Attorney General Against Dustin McDaniel (who had his own sexual scandal) in 2006. He had also toyed with the idea for running for Congress.


Like other individuals charged with similar offenses, Mrs. Suskie was not placed in handcuffs by the North Little Rock Police and put in the backseat of a patrol car and driven to the Pulaski County Detention Center.  Nor was Mrs. Suskie was  dressed out in orange scrubs, fingerprinted and photographed.  Mrs. Suskie did not have to be processed by jail staff and wait until a bond could be posted for her release.

Why not your ask?  Because she received special treatment due to her social and the political status of her cuckolded husband.  That's why.

The first piece of evidence is that the North Little Rock Police Department did not drive to the Suskie home, without warning, and arrest her and take her into custody after a warrant was issued. Note that the warrant was issued on February 1, 2015.


Usually, once a warrant has been issued the police arrest and book the suspect.  The suspect usually has a bond set that is based on the charge(s).

In this matter, someone, either from the prosecutor's office or from the police department called the Suskie's, and made arrangements for Erica to "turn herself in" while appearing before Pulaski County District Judge Jim Hamilton. No bond would be required as they would let her go with an Appearance Agreement.  The charge was a serious felony and this arrangement would have to be approved by the prosecutor and the judge.

There is a connection between the Paul Suskie and Judge Hamilton.  

Both Paul and the Judge's son, Nathan, went to Catholic High School in Little Rock.  As the NLR city attorney, Paul had dealings with and cases before Judge Hamilton. Nathan Hamilton is currently employed as the Director of Communication for the City of North Little Rock.  Prior to that he held positions that put him into the same circles with Paul Suskie.

So on February 2nd, a day after the warrant was issued, the Suskie's waltzed smiling into Hamilton's courtroom without a worry.

In fact thing were so relaxed and friendly that the court bailiff forgot to have Erica sign the appearance agreement!

The narrative about the appearance agreement states that it was discovered on February 19th that Erica did not sign the agreement during the hearing on February 1st.  It was faxed to Erica's attorney on February 22nd.  

Erica's attorney faxed it back on February 23rd.  Take a close look at the document above.  Do you see anything wrong with it?

We do.  If Erica did not sign it on February 2nd, why did the Court Clerk sign it approving it without her signature on February 2nd?  Was it back dated to cover up the mistake?  If not, why would the clerk pre-sign a document???

Another problem is the document being witnessed by the court bailiff Brad Sims.  The narrative indicates that Sims faxed the document to Erica's attorney for her to get Erica to sign it.  

Did Sims sign that he witnessed Erica sign the document before  she actually signed it? After he faxed it, did he go the the attorney's office and witness Erica sign the document and then sign as a witness? If so why did the attorney need to fax it back

There are serious problems with this document. There are credibility issues with these court employees and in turn with Judge Hamilton as he is responsible for them.

The next cause for concern is when the case gets bumped up to Circuit Court.

It was first assigned to 4th Division and Judge Herbert Wright.  He recused.

It was then re-assigned to 1st Division and Judge Leon Johnson.  He recused.

It was then re-assigned to 7th Division and Judge Barry Sims.  He recused.

So it ended up in 5th Division and Judge Wendell Griffen.  Did the other judges recuse based on conflicts due to a relationship with the Suskie's?   Did they think that the arrangement that the prosecutor worked out with Eric's attorney to reduce the charge from 1st Degree Sexual Assault (Felony) to Indecent Exposure (Misdemeanor) was unconscionable and wanted no part of it???  

What we do know is that Judge Griffen signed off on it with no problem.

And the victim and his family could not talk to the media about the case.

Believe this matter was rigged now?  Sure you do.  Don't take our word, look at page 211 of the prosecution file:

Now ole Judge Griffen catches a lot of heck for the stuff he says and does.  He has a blog that pisses off a lot of people like state Senator Jason Rapert.  That's not necessarily a bad thing. We often share the same point of view on matters as the judge and do not think ill of him. That being said...

Check out a recent post of Judge Griffen:

It's hard to believe that he can write something like that and then allow what happened in his court to happen.  He should have done what he was elected to do and throw that shitty deal out and dispense real justice.

Perhaps it's time for him to step down from the bench while his legacy remains intact.

We were recently involved in a three year long case in his court involving a Freedom of Information Act request.  The documents we sought were handed over to Judge Griffen for a review.  We prevailed in the case, but Judge Griffen could not produce the documents given to him for review.  These were the only copies and they could not be reproduced due to the passage of time.
We stated that we would not go into all the details of this case here and provided links to documents that provide clear and convincing evidence of Erica's Suskie's guilt, far beyond a reasonable doubt, but we have to share this with you...

When Paul Suskie found out about the rumors and allegations, he meets with David Rahbany (father of the victim - and we will refer to the victim in this post as RB for Rahbany Boy) and after seeing text messages and a photo Erica sent RB he calls his wife a "fucking bitch" and states he is "going to divorce her" (see page 197).

Then he does an about face and tells David Rahbany that the age of consent in Arkansas is 16 (see page 199 of prosecution file).  Shit move Suskie.  Guess you won't have problems with a much older married man bending your daughter over when she is 16 huh? After all 16 is the legal age of consent right?

Well he didn't divorce Erica.  What he did do was beg David to not go public with what his wife had done because it would ruin him and hurt his career (see pages 198, 202 and 261 of the prosecution file). 

He also tried to fix it so he and his wife would be insulated in the event the Rahbany's sued them and obtained a judgement.

On June 16, 2016, the Suskie's sold their home on Timber Creek Circle in NLR for $335,000. They subsequently purchased a home at 103 Alton Cove in Little Rock under the guise of the PCS Family Trust for $470,000.

The Suskie's also changed the ownership of their double-wide trailer/ lake house in the Mountain Harbor area on Lake Ouachita  to the PCS Family Trust.  One of those shyster tricks to try and protect property from lawsuits or seizure relating to a judgement.

Erica Suskie deserves to serve some time in prison for her crime as punishment.  Having her name on the Department of Human Services Child Maltreatment Registry,  which is not made public, is not justice. Being listed as a sex offender and not having that information in a public database, where it is available to the general public,  is not justice.

The Rahbany's winning the lawsuit that they have filed against her and obtaining a hefty monetary against her and then collecting it would be a step in the right direction.

A final injustice is that Erica Suskie may be able to have her court record sealed and her record expunged as she is a first time offender. However, this blog, other sites and the internet will keep a record of her crime out there forever.

The lesson here dear friends is that the system works.. it especially works for you if you are privileged and connected.