Stay tuned. The Arkansas Supreme Court has sent word through its spokeswoman, Stephanie Harris, that it will issue its ruling on a request for a stay of the marriage equality ruling at 4:30 p.m. today. Hope I have to eat my words, but I'm still predicting a stay. I hope it includes a few words that indicate this shouldn't be taken as a hint on a future final ruling.
With his usual command of history, Ernest Dumas writes this week about how a slim majority of the Arkansas Supreme Court stood the state Constitution on its head by creating law to preserve the death penalty. /more/
Plaintiffs' lawyers made their case today to continue to trial with the civil suit over then-Judge Mike Maggio's reduction of a $5.2 million jury verdict in a nursing home negligence case to $1 million, a reduction he said he made in return for campaign contributions from the nursing home's owner. /more/
Times columnist Ernest Dumas writes this week about a bar committee's recommendation for appointment rather than election of members of the Arkansas Supreme Court and other ways to clean up judicial elections — now dominated by dark money. /more/
The Arkansas Supreme Court today reversed the death sentence of Steven Wertz, convicted in 2007 of the 1986 slaying of Kathy and Terry Watts of Ash Flat. Terry Watts was then in a custody dispute with Wertz's then-wife. /more/
The Arkansas Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling today, has upheld a lower court's finding that Gerber Products must pay its Fort Smith workers for the time they spend putting on and taking off work uniforms. /more/
Layoffs at the Welspun pipe plant in Little Rock are a reminder of the folly of corporate welfare and the inability of Arkansas to separate itself from global economic forces. See the Fayetteville shale. And keep a watchful eye on that Sun Paper pulp mill proposed near Arkadelphia.
Melinda Gwin, 49, of Hamburg has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to repay $210,875 stolen from the First National Bank of Crossett. She was sentenced in El Dorado federal court, according to a Justice Department news release.
Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.