This afternoon’s session of a hearing on the status of former Jonesboro mayor Leslie Thompson’s bond lasted about an hour in the courtroom at the Jackson Parish Correctional Center, and consisted of final arguments by Thompson defense attorney Louis Scott and Assistant District Attorney Lea Hall.
Scott apparently was going to call as witnesses other council members who were at the 9/16 meeting, but save Stringer, none were present in court.
Hall presentation began by saying that Thompson “flagrantly and obviously” tried to maintain control of the town via his wife, and that he had admitted as much on the stand before lunch. Hall said that Thompson’s flippancy toward the court “should be a window to what goes on in his mind.”
Unless Thompson is kept in jail, hall said, there would be further attempts by him to foment problems with Fiscal Administrator Ken Folden’s efforts to correct the town’s problems.
Scott countered with assertions that what Thompson did was not illegal, but that he merely spoke up at a public meeting and voiced his opinion on who the council should vote for as interim mayor, as could any citizen.
Scott said that Thompson’s intent was to offer help and advice to Folden on town matters that he might not be familiar with.
Any suggestions that Thompson presented a “danger” to anyone was wildly speculative, Scott said.
All the issues normally addressed when bail is set – flight risk, criminal history, danger to others – had been reviewed and were not present, Scott noted.
In his rebuttal, Hall said that an investigation was still ongoing regarding “usurpation of office,” and that others might be involved.
Meanwhile, Thompson will remain in jail at least overnight.