Arron Lewis appeals conviction to Arkansas Supreme Court
"There's no doubt this was a sensational case. A high profile case, notorious even, but the Constitution and Arkansas law make no exceptions for high profile cases." Those were the opening remarks made by Attorney for Arron Lewis, Michael Kaiser.
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday considered the case of Arron Lewis. Lewis' claims his 5th Amendment right was violated when his request for an attorney was ignored. The state says that was a mistake.
"The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department was simply not told by the Little Rock Police Department that Lewis had asked for counsel on the drive to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department," said Solicitor General Lee Rudofsky.
During the interrogation that Lewis says never should have happened, he unlocked his cell phone and played a recording he made of Beverly Carter. His attorney says the jury should never have heard that recording. Kaiser also argues that prosecutors used their subpoena power to get his cell phone records as evidence, a job which should have been done by officers not attorneys.
"We are directly encouraging prosecutors to violate the law," argued Kaiser.
Beverly Carter's son Carl watched the hearing online knowing the peace his family felt when Lewis was sentenced could be taken away.
"The last time I had that feeling was during the trial when you look over and see the 12 jurors and you think 'please, please be on the side of right here'," said Carter.
Carter also told me he was comforted by the detailed knowledge that the justices had about his mom's case.
A ruling from the court is expected in the next two weeks.