Motions denied in Rogers case
Two motions were presented in the ongoing Stephanie Rogers case Thursday morning—and both were denied by Tenth Judicial Circuit Judge Quincey Ross.
Stephanie Rogers’ attorney, Patrick Benca of Little Rock, filed a motion for the GPS ankle monitor to be removed (which she has worn since Ross’ February ruling when he reduced her bond from $500,000 to $100,000), and one of the alleged victims in this case, Rogers’ husband Joe Rogers, filed a motion through his attorney to have the no-contact order dissolved so that his wife could move back into the family home.
Joe Rogers’ attorney, Jackie Harris—with the Gene McKissic and Associates law firm in Pine Bluff—delivered an impassioned plea to the court based on the fact that Joe Rogers’ 14th Amendment rights were being violated by not allowing Stephanie Rogers to care for him since he is on a kidney transplant list and is quite ill. Harris added Joe Rogers trusts, and is not afraid of, his wife.
In denying both motions, Ross pointed out this Stephanie Rogers’ case is a criminal proceeding and both pubic policy and public safety are involved—plus there are two more alleged victims in the case, Joe Rogers’ ex-wife Debby and a minor child.
“Even though Joe Rogers does not wish to be protected,” Ross said, “the state of Arkansas has a duty to protect him.”
While upholding the no-contact order, Ross did allow telephone calls to be made between Stephanie Rogers and Joe Rogers, although he called the ruling a “slippery slope.”
Stephanie Rogers’ trial is set for September.
More details can be found in next week’s Advance-Monticellonian—out Aug. 7!