IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
STEVEN SETH SCOTT
Civil No. 06-5161
TERRY JONES, Prosecuting
Attorney, Washington County,
Arkansas; TIMOTHY F.
SNIVELY, Attorney; CRISTI
RENEE BEAUMONT, Public
Defender; and JUDGE WILLIAM
A. STOREY, Fourth Judicial District
Washington County, Arkansas
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Plaintiff’s complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Arkansas on August 10, 2006.
An order transferring the case to this district was entered on August 23, 2006, and the file
received on August 28, 2006. Before the undersigned is the issue of whether the complaint
should be served.
Scott is currently incarcerated in the Carroll County Detention Facility. He alleges his
constitutional rights were violated by his prosecution on criminal charges.
Scott indicates he was arrested on April 7, 2004, and charged with being an accomplice
to arson. Scott indicates his family retained attorney Timothy F. Snively to represent Scott in
connection with the accomplice charge.
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Scott indicates he was later charged with terroristic threatening. The court appointed
Cristi Beaumont to represent him on this charge. Scott informed Beaumont he wanted a new
attorney. However, Beaumont indicated the court would not allow that.
Scott maintains both Snively and Beaumont failed to adequately represent him and that
it was error for the two attorneys to share information without his consent. Scott additionally
maintains it was error for the prosecuting attorney’s office to supply discovery in both cases to
Scott states he was sentenced under a Y felony. However, Scott alleges he was told arson
was only a Y felony if the property sustained damage in the amount of at least $100,000. Scott
alleges he was