Sixteenth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Don McSpadden has announced that he will seek re-election in the May, 2010 Democratic Primary.
McSpadden was first elected prosecuting attorney for the 16th Judicial District in 1986 and served until 1992. He did not run for re-election until 1998 when he successfully ran again. He is now serving his third consecutive term to that office. He also served as Batesville City Attorney from 1979 to 1986.
The 16th Judicial District is comprised of five counties: Independence, Cleburne, Fulton, Stone and Izard and McSpadden is the only prosecuting attorney to serve in the position full time.
"It has been a privilege and honor to serve the people of the 16th Judicial District as their prosecutor," McSpadden said. "I am asking for another term to continue working with not only local, but state and federal agencies, by solving crime and prosecuting offenders."
McSpadden, who is a lifelong resident of the district, believes his experience is important.
"I have restored honor and integrity to this office and have treated everyone on an equal basis," McSpadden said. "Experience is the key to successful prosecution, and this district is second to none in the quality of its prosecutor and deputy prosecutors. We have been recognized by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas Department of Correction and the Governor's office."
As prosecutor, McSpadden established the Victim Assistance program, which has helped hundreds of families receive victims reparation monies and notification of prisoner parole dates and hearings. The program also helps guide the families through the criminal justice system or process.
"The citizens of this district deserve a prosecutor who is a proven criminal trial lawyer," McSpadden said, who has 30 years or experience and has tried more than 1,000 jury and nonjury criminal cases.
He administered a hot-check program in the counties where no program existed and has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution for victims.
McSpadden established the drug task force, and he serves at its director. Under his leadership, the DTF has seized hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drugs off the streets, arrested and imprisoned hundreds of drug dealers and manufacturers and seized hundreds of methamphetamine labs, making "Arkansas communities and schools safer," U. S. Attorney Jane Duke said.
The DTF, under McSpadden's direction, received letters of commendation in April 2008 and September 2009 for assisting in Operation Tienda Hielo (operation ice store), which was the largest drug investigation ever conducted in Arkansas. McSpadden and the DTF also received the first United States Attorney's Office Partnership Award.
After graduating from Batesville High School, McSpadden graduated summa cum laude from Lyon College with his bachelors degree in political science.
Attending law school at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, he was a member of the Arkansas Law Review, which consisted of the top 10 percent of the class. McSpadden was also a member of the Arkansas Law Review editorial board.
He graduated from law school in 1978 with a juris doctorate degree and returned to his hometown of Batesville and has been licensed to practice law in all the Arkansas courts, before the U.S. District Courts and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and the Independence County Bar Association, where he served as president. He is also a member of the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorney's Association and the National District Attorney's Association.
Furthering his education and experience as an attorney, McSpadden has attended seminars conducted by the Arkansas Bar Association and the Arkansas Prosecutor Coordinator's Office. He also is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law's school for prosecutors and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Center in Alexandria, Va. as well as the 2009 conference on Crimes Against Women and the 2009 National Conference on Domestic Violence. McSpadden is certified to teach law enforcement classes to police officers and taught classes for the Arkansas Prosecuting Association on the trial of drug dealers.
McSpadden has three children: Amanda, Joe and Megan, and three grandchildren: Ethan, Emma and Evan. He is the son of the late Allen and the late Marie Fulbright McSpadden. He attends First Methodist Church of Batesville.
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