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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 07:01:00

Arkansas Supreme Court: Another sign of fracturing

The Arkansas Supreme Court was unusually split on recent adoption of rules for civil lawsuits. Is it a sign of a fractured court?

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 11:12:00

American Bar Association warns about 'Stand Your Ground' laws

An American Bar Association task force has issued a preliminary report on so-called Stand Your Ground laws that should discourage them in states like Arkansas without them and encourage repeal in those that do.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:38:00

Supreme Court upholds one contempt citation in Hastings trial, but reverses nine issued at conclusion

The Arkansas Supreme Court today upheld one, but reversed nine contempt citations Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen had issued against defense attorney Bill James in the manslaughter trial of former Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 10:41:00

Supreme Court affirms police action in deadly car chase that began in West Memphis

The U.S. Supreme Court today said West Memphis police were within their rights in a two-state chase in July 2004 that ended with the death of two people.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 14:31:00

Judge Tim Fox issues injunction against Voter ID law; stayed for now but that could change, with votes in the balance

Circuit Judge Tim Fox today issued a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the state Voter ID law. He's stayed it for now, but plaintiffs are expected to move quickly to lift the stay so that votes in the recent primary election can be counted.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 16:06:00

Supreme Court denies rehearing Valerie Bailey judicial race decision

The Arkansas Supreme Court today declined to rehear its decision dismissing Valerie Bailey's appeal of a lower court ruling that found her ineligible to run for circuit judge this year against Tim Fox. The court ruled last week that Bailey had not acted expeditiously enough in challenging the ruling, though it indicated she'd have qualified for the ballot under other interpretations it issued last week on ballot qualifications.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 16:31:00

Arkansas Supreme Court stays ruling overturning same-sex marriage ban

At 4:30 p.m. today, with many of the justices at an out-of-state conference, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued a stay of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling last Friday that Arkansas law and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution.

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 13:40:00

Marriage plaintiffs object to stay of Piazza's ruling

The deadline is 2 p.m. for arguments on whether the Arkansas Supreme Court will stay Judge Chris Piazza's marriage equality ruling. I think the court's decision to move up the deadline from Monday to 2 p.m. on five hours' notice indicates their minds are made up to stay the ruling. But plaintiffs in the lawsuit are taking their licks at keeping the order in effect.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 14:53:00

Arkansas Supreme Court lets stand all rulings in judicial election challenges; sniping over 'results' emerges. Voter ID law remains in limbo

The Arkansas Supreme Court has just issued a batch of rulings in the various cases challenging the qualifications of judicial candidates. Bottom line: No judicial candidates were disqualified and one earlier disqualification was upheld. Justices quarreled over the court's "results orientation." The Court also essentially preserved the status quo on Voter ID. A challenge to an absentee vote rule was upheld, but the court said a ruling overturning the whole law hadn't been adequately litigated for judgment.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 16:50:00

Circuit Judge Alice Gray cautioned over handling of case in complaint filed by colleague

The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission today released a letter it had sent to Pulaski Circuit Judge Alice Gray cautioning her in a complaint brought by her colleague, Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 07:27:00

Impeach Chris Piazza? Look who's talking

Some elements of the Arkansas legislature Crackpot Caucus emerged Saturday to talk of impeaching Pulaski Circuit Judge Chris Piazza for his ruling striking down the state ban on same-sex marriage. It would be easy to laugh this off as meaningless political posturing except that it comes from towering hypocrites who illustrate oa broad disrespect for the rule of the law in the new Republican majority. If a legislative majority impeaches every judge who issues an unpopular decision, do we really need the judicial branch of government?

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 07:05:00

Free speech means 'Speech I like'

The U.S. Supreme Court's blithe dismissal of the interests of religious minorities in yesterday's case on regular Christian prayer to begin a New York town council meeting prompts this New York Times sidebar on what some people really mean when they claim advocacy for free speech rights.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 09:53:00

U.S. Supreme Court upholds, 5-4, prayer exercise at city government meeting

With Justice Anthony Kennedy writing most of the opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court today overturned an appeals court and held that a New York town council's practice of opening the meeting with a Christian prayer did not violate the Constitution.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 15:53:00

Faulkner County rape conviction reversed

The Arkansas Court of Appeals today reversed the child rape conviction of Russell Hudson in Faulkner Circuit Court. It said the conviction and 20-year sentence should be dismissed because the lower court should not have granted a continuance in a trial when the victim was not available to testify.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 07:14:00

Oklahoma botches one execution; stays another

An Oklahoma inmate died of a heart attack 40 minutes after his execution was botched last night. Another execution was stayed as a result and you'd now hope Oklahoma officials will be forced to do some explaining for why they fought so hard in court to go forward with these executions despite questions about the sources of drugs to be used.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 16:41:00

Supreme Court stays portion of Voter ID ruling

The Arkansas Supreme Court today issued a split ruling on staying Circuit Judge Tim Fox's ruling last week invalidating the state's new Voter ID law. The effect seems to mean that, barring an uncommonly fast ruling, early voting could begin next week with the Voter ID law in effect.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 07:41:00

UPDATE: Three justices won't hear appeals on judicial election lawsuits

A records check shows three Supreme Court justices won't participate in appeals of lawsuits over ballot eligibility of four judicial candidates.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 16:15:00

Court expedites appeals on judicial candidate lawsuits

The Arkansas Supreme Court has approved an expedited schedule for appeals in four lawsuits over ballot eligibility in several judicial contests in the May 20 primary/judicial elections.

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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 07:06:00

Corporate influence peddling doesn't end with legislators; money also works judges

Corporate money, including from the Koch brothers, is paying for a meeting of state and federal judges on the "crisis" in public pension systems. These judges someday might be hearing court cases arising from the problem.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:50:00

Appeals court upholds refusal to dismiss suit over Faulkner County jailers' use of force

The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court's refusal to dismiss a lawsuit against Faulkner County sheriff's employees for alleged use of excessive forced in quelling a jail disturbance Oct. 24, 2010. Inmates said they were shot with beanbag guns, kicked and harmed by a flash-bang grenade after they'd submitted to officers.

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