Would John Q. Citizen have faced 51 felony charges if found in possession of the same items former Clinton aide Betsey Wright was found to have at a Varner prison security check point in May?

 

“Absolutely,” says prison spokesman Dina Tyler. “She was treated no differently than anybody else. She was caught with contraband. We didn’t do the investigation. We turned it over to the State Police because we suspected a crime had occurred.”

 

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Said Prosecutor Steve Dalrymple of Pine Bluff, who brought the charge in Lincoln County: “Certainly.”

 

Neither could immediately recall a prosecution of a non-inmate, however, but both promised to search records for examples.