Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson
Thursday filed a one-sentence letter
saying that she would recuse from the case in which opponents of the casino gambling amendment
are trying to have it disqualified for an insufficient ballot title and flawed signature-gathering.
Goodson did not give a reason and is not required to do so. Gov. Asa Hutchinson
will appoint a special justice to replace her.
The subject prompted me to check: As yet no recusals from the lawsuit challenging the amendment seeking to limit damages in nursing home cases
to as little as $250,000. As I've mentioned before
, five members of the Supreme Court have received nursing home money — Goodson the most, followed by Rhonda Wood
. Justice Jo Hart
even thanked nursing home owner Michael Morton
, a major bankroller of the amendment, when she took the bench. Justices Karen Baker
and Robin Wynne
also took nursing home campaign contributions.