The New York Times has published on-line a series of op-eds, in graphic form, on life on Death Row.One installment of the series by Patrick Chappatte is about an Arkansas inmate, Kenneth Reams," /more/
The state parole board decided today that it wanted still more time to consider the case of former Death Row inmate Tim Howard, who should be immediately parole eligible after a retrial of his 1999 conviction in Little River County. /more/
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen heard testimony this morning on the request by Death Row inmates to postpone scheduled executions until questions are answered about drugs to be used in the lethal injections. He's promised a ruling by next week. /more/
As expected, Death Row inmates have asked for a halt to resumption of executions by lethal injection in Arkansas because the state has refused to provide information about the drugs it has obtained for the killing. /more/
The attorney for Tim Howard, the former Death Row inmate sentenced to a reduced term on retrial for two slayings in Little River County, has filed a motion in Jefferson Circuit Court seeking a declaratory judgment that he is eligible either for parole or immediate release because he's served enough of his sentence — counting time off for good behavior — for immediate release. /more/
A jury of six men and six women was seated today for the trial of Tim Howard which is to begin Monday. In a subsequent pretrial hearing, for which the jury was not present, Circuit Judge Charles Yeargan denied the motion filed last week by Howard's attorney that had sought dismissal of the charges against Howard due to alleged prosecutor misconduct. /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.
This morning, I was a student ambassador for Philander Smith College and the Social Justice Institute at a House Committee that discussed Rep. Nate Bell’s proposal to divide a Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
A college student and his dad who visited a gun range over the weekend for some bonding time over target practice were told to leave after the owner grew suspicious that the pair were...Muslims! Nope, not Muslims — they just happened to not be white. Either way, though, it's rank discrimination.