LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A lawyer running for Congress in Arkansas' 4th District has been reprimanded by the state Supreme Court and fined $1,000.
A document released Thursday shows Hot Springs attorney Q. Byrum Hurst was a day late in filing paperwork in a criminal appeal that was due in January.
A panel of the state Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct says Hurst explained that his office was having computer problems. His legal assistant says she didn't re-enter the date after calendar items were lost.
Hurst says he thinks the fine and reprimand were too harsh.
The panel says it took into account four previous disciplinary actions against Hurst for missed deadlines.
Hurst is in the June 12 Democratic runoff against state Sen. Gene Jeffress. The winner faces Republican Tom Cotton in November.
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