A former inmate who claims she was sexually assaulted over 70 times by former McPherson Womens' Unit chaplain Kenneth Dewitt has filed a federal lawsuit against Dewitt, several staff members at the prison, and officials with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, including former director Ray Hobbs.
Lawyers helping represent the named plaintiffs in the civil rights lawsuit failed against Sherwood over the way they fleece hot check defendants appeared in court this morning to ask a substitute judge to recuse himself, with an attorney for plaintiffs claiming Hamilton made comments praising Sherwood District Court Judge Milas "Butch" Hale III and said he hoped the civil suit would fail.
The Arkansas Judicial Campaign Conduct & Education Committee issued a cease-and-desist letter yesterday to the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), an out-of-state PAC pouring money into the Arkansas Supreme Court race between Circuit Judge Shawn Womack and Little Rock attorney Clark Mason. The Campaign Conduct & Education Committee is a a Little Rock-based non-profit group that aims to expose "false communications ... authorized by third party groups or super PACs," according to its website. The group's letter refers to a campaign flyer issued by RSLC attacking Mason, which the group "contends is a false and misleading reference."
Retired Circuit Judge John Langston will preside over the trial of Garland County Circuit Judge Wade Naramore, charged with negligent homicide in the hot-car death of his toddler son, the AP reports. Narramore faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
In remarks tonight on Justice Scalia's death, President Barack Obama said, "I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time. There will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote."
Two left-leaning groups, Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice, are out with a report on campaign spending in judicial races, and find that nearly $68,000 in advertising has been booked by Justice Coutney Goodson, vying for the open Chief Justice seat against Circuit Judge Dan Kemp.
Tippi McCullough, who's filed a judicial ethics complaint over the Arkansas Supreme Court's handling of the same-sex marriage case, says regulators have confirmed the receipt of the complaint and begun a review.
Mara Leveritt writes today fior The Daily Beast about prosecutorial misconduct in several states, including by an Arkansas prosecutor whose withholding of evidence put Tim Howard on Death Row for 16 years. He's scheduled for a new trial.
Talking Points Memo outlines in detail the orchestrated work of attorney general offices held by Republicans to sue President Obama over anything and everything — Obamacare, immigration, clean air rules and more.
Lawyers in Little Rock and Fayetteville have filed federal suit in the Western District against Walmart, Target and Walgreens stores for selling herbal products that an investigation in New York discovered contained little or n one of the ingredients advertised on the bottle.
Sheila Kennedy, a professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd., will give the June Freeman lecture tonight at the Arkansas Arts Center, part of the Architecture + Design Network series at the Arkansas Arts Center.
The Walton College of Business is working to expand its executive education by opening an office in downtown Little Rock that would offer non-degree programs to the health, banking and finance and retail industries in Central Arkansas, the school confirmed today.
A former mental health agency director has won a default judgment worth $358,000 over a claim for unpaid retirement pay and Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson is apparently to blame for failure to respond to pleadings in the case.
U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, who has a reputation for getting out of sorts when challenged at public meetings, is getting some sharp questioning at a session he scheduled this morning at the West Fork City Hall, according to notes I've received.
Typically, new agency rules undergo a public hearing only if such a meeting is requested by at least 25 members of the public, but the interest in medical marijuana is sufficiently high that staff at the Department of Finance and Administration decided to arrange one preemptively.
Little Rock School Superintendent Mike Poore told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette yesterday that he will propose to Education Commissioner Johnny Key a May 9 special election on a property tax vote. The political climate is not good.