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Birthdate: Oct. 2, 1963
Birth Place: Brookland, AR, United States
Residence: Jonesboro, AR
Scott Ellington was born in Jonesboro, Ark., grew up in the nearby town of Brookland and now lives in Jonesboro. He earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture from Arkansas State University and a law degree from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
Ellington was elected prosecutor of the Second Judicial District in east Arkansas in 2010. His most high profile case since taking office has been his role in the deal that freed three convicted murderers accused of killing three Cub Scouts in West Memphis in 1993. Ellington agreed to the unusual plea deal in 2011 where their original convictions were set aside and they pleaded guilty to lesser charges, but were able to maintain their claims of innocence.
Ellington and his wife, Tanya, have three children.
Scott Ellington won the Democratic nomination for Arkansas' 1st Congressional District in the June 2012 primary runoff, despite facing a candidate with a fundraising advantage and support from the party's establishment.
Ellington had initially said he was unlikely to seek the party's nomination for the seat, but made his bid official near the end of the filing period in March 2012. Despite the late start, Ellington nearly won the nomination outright in the May primary and defeated state Rep. Clark Hall in the runoff three weeks later. Hall had outraised Ellington and had the backing of some of the state's top Democrats.
Ellington is running on a promise to work with both parties and has accused incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of being too beholden to the national GOP.
Ellington has said he's unsure whether he would have voted for the 2010 health care reform law upheld by the Supreme Court in June 2012, but has criticized Crawford's call for its repeal. Ellington has said he'll vote for President Barack Obama, but has criticized him for not focusing more on the economy.
As prosecutor, Ellington agreed to the deal in 2011 that freed three men convicted of killing three Cub Scouts in 1993. Ellington has pointed to his role in the deal that freed the "West Memphis Three" as a sign that he knows how to compromise in difficult situations.
The deal has been criticized and the convicted killers' supporters have been calling on Ellington to re-open the investigation and exonerate the men. Hall raised questions about the deal in the final days of the primary campaign. Crawford has said he doesn't planning on raising the deal as an issue in the campaign.
Source: Associated Press
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