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Significant Cases

U.S.A. v. Vertis Clay; Case No. 4:04CR00035 WRW

Honorable William R. Wilson

Filed: February 4, 2004

Trial Date: October 1, 2007

Counsel was lead attorney in the states second federal death penalty since reconstruction.  Clay was charged in a multi-count indictment with a drug trafficking conspiracy, use of firearm during drug trafficking conspiracy and one count of murder allegedly committed in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  On October 31, 2007, Clay was found guilty of drug trafficking conspiracy, use of firearm during drug trafficking conspiracy and one count of murder.  Clay was sentenced fifty years concurrent to life imprisonment without parole.

U.S.A. v. Chevie Kehoe, et. al.; Case No.4:97CR00243 GTE

Honorable G. Thomas Eisele

Filed: December 12, 1997

Trial Date: March 1, 1999 - May 10, 1999

Counsel was lead attorney along with co-counsel John Wesley Hall and J. Thomas Sullivan.  Kehoe was charged in a multi-count indictment with RICO and RICO conspiracy violations and six (6) substantive counts of murder allegedly committed in furtherance of the creation or maintenance of RICO enterprise.  On May 10, 1999, Kehoe was found guilty of most charges but was ultimately acquitted of a kidnapping, two murders, and an attempt to bomb a state building.  Kehoe was sentenced to life on Counts 1 & 2, and on Counts 3, 4, & 5 was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

* This was the first federal death penalty case tried in the State of Arkansas since Reconstruction.

State of Arkansas v. Gregory Strother; Case No. 99-21B

Yell County Circuit Court, Southern District, 

Honorable Paul Danielson

Filed:  June 20, 1999

Trial Date: April 2, 2000

Counsel was lead attorney along with co-counsel Ernie Witt and J. Thomas Sullivan in the afore-referenced case involving a 1999 decapitation charging the Defendant with capital murder.  After an approximate two-week jury trial, the jury dead-locked in Strother's case with counsel subsequently entering into a negotiated plea of manslaughter on April 26, 2001.

State of Arkansas v. James Fisher; Case No. CR2001-1

Franklin County Circuit Court, Charleston District

Honorable John S. Patterson

Filed:  January 11, 2001

Trial Date:  September 17-21, 2001

Counsel was associated on this case with lead counsel, Ernie Witt. The State sought capital murder and requested the death penalty prior to trial.  The defendant was convicted of 1st degree murder and given 20 years.

State v. Kelly Harrison Campbell, et. al.; CR 2006-494-1

Lonoke County Circuit Court

Honorable John Cole (Special Judge)

Trial Date:  March 2007

Jury Trial - Sole Counsel

78 Count Indictment with One Count charging CCE

Verdict: Guilty - 40 years

* Reversed on Appeal

After a two year investigation, the Chief of Police of Lonoke, Arkansas along with his wife and the Mayor of Lonoke were charged with a seventy-eight count indictment.  The prosecutor used the continuing criminal enterprise statute alleging the police chief was the head of a criminal enterprise involving extortion, money laundering, drug trafficking and other allegations.  This case is a significant because it was the longest state criminal trial that is known to have occurred in Arkansas.  The trial portion of the case lasted three and a half months.  The Campbells were convicted, although the case was REVERSED on appeal. 

 

State v. Porshia Tabron; CR 2005-4910

Pulaski County Circuit Court

Honorable Willard Proctor

Trial Date: January 18, 2007

Jury Trial - Sole Counsel

1st Degree Murder

Verdict:  Manslaughter

This case involved allegations of capital murder against the defendant.  She allegedly shot an unarmed individual in the middle of the street without provocation.   Ultimately the jury acquitted her of first degree and second degree murder and convicted her of manslaughter.  Additionally, she was given a probated sentence for her crime.

 

U.S.A. v. Poole, Goldfish Farms, Inc.; 2005

Allegations: Hobbs Act and Wire Fraud, Violations against individual owners and corporations - 2 year investigation.

Negotiated Plea - Corporation - 1 Count of Wire Fraud

This case involved a two year investigation by the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, based in Cleveland, Ohio.  After months of investigation, Mr. Hampton was able to convince the Department of Justice to allow one corporation to plead to a fine.  No individuals were ever charged as a result of this investigation.

 

U.S.A. v. Patient Transfer; 4:01CR00152-03

Eastern District of Arkansas

Allegations: 100+ counts Medicare and Medicaid Fraud

Verdict: Separate Client charged in 3 counts

Conviction - 1 Count - Probated Sentence

This case involved a four year investigation of an ambulance service in the Eastern District of Arkansas.  The ambulance service had been billing Medicare and Medicaid for transportation of dialysis patients.  After a three and a half week trial, the jury convicted Mr. Hampton's client of one count of Medicaid fraud.  The company itself was convicted on all counts as well as the Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Hampton's client received a probated sentence on her conviction of one count of Medicaid fraud.

 

2001 In re: Special Prosecutor Mary Jo White

(Clinton Pardon Gate)

Mr. Hampton represented two clients as subjects to the investigation alleging that the President through his brother "sold" pardons.

Result:  Neither client charged

On the eve of his last day in office, the then President William Jefferson Clinton granted several pardons.  Subsequent thereto, an investigation by Special Prosecutor Mary Jo White out of the State of New York involved an investigation of whether President Clinton engaged in bribery in connection with the granting of pardons.  His younger brother, Roger, was a significant target in this investigation.  Two of the subjects of the Grand Jury were close friends and business partners of Roger Clinton and were represented by Mr. Hampton.  Ultimately, neither of the business partners were charged in connection with that Grand Jury investigation.

 

1993 - 1995 In re: Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr

(Whitewater/William Jefferson Clinton)

Represented two "targets" and "subjects" of the investigation

Result:  No clients charged

This case was the beginning of Mr. Hampton's pursuit of representing significant criminal clients.  Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr began a massive investigation against the Clintons and business partners of the then President of the United States.  Mr. Hampton represented two "targets" of the investigation and two "subjects" of the investigation for a two and half year period.  Ultimately, none of Mr. Hampton's clients were charged in the Whitewater Investigation.

 

State v. Jeffrey Rufus Gibson; CR92-2394

Pulaski County Circuit Court

Honorable Chris Piazza

Trial Date:  December 1992

Jury Trial; Sole Counsel

2 Counts of Rape and Six Misdemeanor Counts

Verdict:  Not Guilty on Rape

The defendant was a fifth degree black belt in karate and was actually inducted into the World Karate Hall of Fame.  The allegations were that he on more than one occasion tied up his wife and brutally raped her; threatened her with death if she ever told of his behavior to anyone.  After a two day trial, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on both counts of rape.

Fouse v. State

CA CR 98-913

Cite as:  337 Ark. 13, 989SW2d 146 (1999)

May 19, 1999

 

Brady Andrew Langley v. State

CA CR 98-914

Cite as:  66 Ark. App. 311, 990 S.W.2d 575

May 19, 1999

Both the Fouse case and Langley case involved the discovery of one of the largest methamphetamine labs at the time out of White County, Arkansas.  The discovery was based upon a search warrant conducted at night.  Ultimately both cases were REVERSED and dismissed on appeal based upon arguments that the search was illegal and violated Arkansas' nighttime search law.

Jose Barrientos v. State

CA CR 00-279

Cite as:  72 Ark. App. 376, 39 S.W.3d 17

February 7, 2001

This case involved an auto stop of a vehicle with a California license plate.  A search was conducted by a dog sniff and later the dismantling of a gasoline tank on the vehicle.  Discovered within the gasoline tank was approximately one million dollars of methamphetamine.  On appeal, the Arkansas Court of Appeals reversed and dismissed the case based upon an illegal search of the vehicle.  REVERSED.