A petition to prohibit Phillips County Circuit Circuit from exercising jurisdiction over an appeal in a misdemeanor case that was untimely filed has been submitted to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

A petition to prohibit Phillips County Circuit Circuit from exercising jurisdiction over an appeal in a misdemeanor case that was untimely filed has been submitted to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Elijah Mondy filed the petition in connection with an alleged misdemeanor offense that occurred back on Sept. 9, 2016 when Mondy and Helena-West Helena attorney James Valley delivered almost 900 petition signatures for an ordinance to be placed on the November general election to reduce the number of members on the city council to city hall.

Mondy claimed that John Huff, a member of the city council, accosted him and began to verbally abuse and threaten him. The incident was reportedly recorded on surveillance cameras at city hall but no audio.

Mondy pressed charges against Huff. Mondy is owner of Radio Station KJIW.

After several postponements, Huff's trial was conducted and the judge found him guilty and imposed sentence. According to court documents that ruling was handed down on Dec. 29, 2016. According to District Court Rules Huff had 30 days to file his appeal.

Documents reveal that Huff signed the appropriate appeal paperwork with Phillips County Circuit Court on Feb. 3, 2017, seven days past the Jan. 27 deadline. The petition filed with the Arkansas Supreme Court says, “Mr. Huff did not file any paperwork, which would have entitled him to additional time to file the appeal pursuant to Rule 36.”

The petition concludes saying that Phillips County Circuit Court is “wholly without jurisdiction to hear the attempted but belated appeal of Mr. John Huff.”

It goes on to request that the order setting the matter for pre-trail on Oct. 2 and trial on Nov. 8 be declared “moot” and that the order of Dec. 29, 2016 be affirmed with Huff required to appear and explain why he failed to obey the lawful order.

The petition also requests that the high court expedite the matter with the respondent allowed no more than 10 days to respond.