February 20, 2008 Edition

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Deputy prosecutor glad
to be close to home



Ryan Cooper (right) of Imboden has been serving as Lawrence County's deputy prosecuting attorney since June. He works with Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce of Newport.
Serving Lawrence County as deputy prosecuting attorney since June is Ryan Cooper, a native of Pocahontas and resident of Imboden.

His office is open Monday through Friday at 113 West Main Street in Walnut Ridge.

"I'm proud to have Ryan as my Lawrence County deputy, and I think his qualifications and academic training will serve the citizens well on a daily basis," said Henry Boyce of Newport, prosecuting attorney for the Third Judicial District.

"It's good to be this close to where I grew up," Cooper said. "The people here have been phenomenal and welcoming."

Cooper graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1994, attended Black River Technical College and then graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in philosophy.

In December of 2006, Cooper graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. During law school, Cooper said he prosecuted cases in Fayetteville City Court.

As deputy prosecutor, Cooper prosecutes cases on behalf of the state here in Lawrence County. He is involved in four types of courts or court procedings:

  • District Court for traffic violations and misdemeanors.

  • Circuit Court, which is the court of appeals for District Court, and reviews cases that concern potential felonies.

  • Juvenile Court.

  • Mental commitments.
Cooper also serves as city attorney for Black Rock and handles civil cases in addition to criminal cases.

Cooper and his wife, Nikki, a native of Newark, have a three-year-old son, Dalton. "They occupy the lion's share of my off time. I couldn't say enough good about my wife," Cooper said.

While growing up in Pocahontas, Cooper said he spent a lot of time visiting his grandparents at Ravenden Springs on Janes Creek.

Whitewater rafting and canoeing, along with Boy Scouting, are his main avocations, he added.

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