In Court With No Attorney, John Rogers' Plea Hearing Moved to January

In Court With No Attorney, John Rogers' Plea Hearing Moved to January
John Rogers, in a booking photo from Dec. 3, 2015. (Pulaski County Detention Center)

A plea and arraignment hearing for John Rogers has been moved to Jan. 8 after Rogers showed up in court without an attorney.

Rogers, of North Little Rock, appeared in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Monday morning to answer criminal charges tied to the theft of hard drives from his former office in 2015.

But Rogers arrived in court without an attorney, and Judge Barry Sims set a new court date for Jan. 8.

The former sports memorabilia and photo dealer was scheduled to enter a plea to charges of commercial burglary and theft of property. The charges are tied to a late-night weekend visit Rogers made to his former offices in North Little Rock in August 2015 when allegedly stole three hard drives containing digital images valued at $364,167. At the time, Rogers had relinquished any ownership claims to assets at the business and had no legal right to enter the property.

Rogers, the 44-year-old former owner of Sports Cards Plus and Rogers Photo Archives, indicated Monday he found out about the hearing last week and mistakenly thought that Little Rock attorney Blake Hendrix would represent him in this case.

But Rogers said later he learned that Hendrix is only representing him in his federal criminal case, which produced a plea deal of guilt to one count of wire fraud on March 7 in Chicago's U.S. District Court.

Also Monday, Judge Barry Sims said he would only make rulings on uncontested actions in the case because he knows Rogers.

"I don't want anyone to think I will make a huge decision, because I know you," Sims said.

The judge said he was glad to see Rogers but was sorry to see him under these circumstances.

The Rogers hearing was the second in a docket full of cases that drew a courtroom full of lawyers and defendants, including a half-dozen in handcuffs and prison garb. 

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