EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
JAY CAMPBELL AND
CITIZENS FOR AN HONEST GOVERNMENT, INC.,
I, James Edward Duffey, after being duly sworn, do state the following:
1. I am James Edward Duffey, the husband of Jean K. Duffey.
2. In mid 1996, two men from the Houston FBI office, came to our Pasadena home to interview Jean. They identified themselves as Clarence Vernables and Richard D Ludwig.
3. They told Jean the Washington FBI office was conducting an internal investigation on Little Rock Agent Phyllis Cournan with regards to her investigation of the Ives/Henry murders.
4. They asked many questions about the telephone conversations Phyllis and Jean had from March of 1994 to November of 1995.
5. They were specifically interested in what Phyllis told Jean about the FBI requesting U.S. Attorney Chuck Banks be charged with obstruction of justice.
6. Jean told them Phyllis told her the Little Rock FBI office made the recommendation because Banks shut down the 1990 federal grand jury investigation of Saline County corruption.
7. Mr. Vernables made the statement at the end of the interview that he didn't see anything wrong with Cournan's handling of the case based on what Jean told them He said if telling Jean about Banks persuaded Jean to assist, he would have probably done the same thing.
8. From March of 1994 until August of 1995, Jean and Phyllis had several conversations each week, some lasting more than an hour. I overheard Jean giving Phyllis details about the people involved in Saline County corruption, and about Kevin Ives and Don Henry's murders.
9. While working with Phyllis and others on the case, Jean began developing sources with information that the Mena drug smuggling operation was connected to the boys' murders. I recall Jean's side of conversations about that.
10. One Friday night in the fall of 1994, Phyllis called for Jean, but Jean was not here. Phyllis sounded anxious and asked me to tell Jean to call when she got home. It was late when Jean got home, so she decided to call Phyllis the next morning.
11. Jean told me Phyllis interviewed an informant who overhead Robert Shepherd and Joe Hardin talking about Dan Harmon having Jean killed and putting her body on the railroads tracks. Jean said Phyllis was upset, but Jean was not concerned.
12. I remember Jean giving advise, encouragement, and sympathy to Phyllis. Jean told me, at one point, Phyllis was fearful for her safety, that she was sleeping with a gun, and that this case was effecting her personally.
13. From Jean's side of the conversations I overheard, and from what Jean told me about their conversations, Jean was a confidant and adviser to Phyllis. Jean was sympathetic and tried to give Phyllis encouragement.
15. The telephone conversations tapered off toward the end of 1994 and fell off completely around the summer of 1995.
STATE OF ARKANSAS
I, James Edward Duffey, do hereby swear the above statements are true and correct to the best of my recollection and belief.
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO ME THIS 28th day of May, 1998.