Arkansas House Minority Leader Says Justin Harris Case Is A Distraction

Mar 11, 2015

Rep. Justin Harris, alongside his wife, speaks to reporters during a press conference last week.
Credit Arkansas Times

The minority leader in the Arkansas House wants the speaker and governor to consider removing a lawmaker who gave his adopted daughters to a man who later admitted to sexually abusing one of them.

Democratic Rep. Eddie Armstrong of North Little Rock held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the situation involving Rep. Justin Harris, a Republican from West Fork. Armstrong didn't say Harris should quit, but called him a distraction.

Harris has said he gave his adopted daughters to the man in 2013 because he perceived the girls as a threat to his biological children.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday he needs more information before taking a stance on Harris but wants officials to consider changing state adoption procedures.

Harris' attorney didn't immediately return a request for comment.