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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 11:24:00

ADC reports inmates broke windows, set fires during overnight disturbance at Varner

Arkansas Department of Corrections spokesman Solomon Graves issued a press release this morning with details of a small prison riot that apparently occurred last night at the Varner Unit in Grady.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 10:27:00

Lawsuit filed against ADC officials, prison chaplain convicted of sexual assault at McPherson

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.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 13:19:00

Substitute judge in Sherwood hot check cases declines to recuse; allegedly said that he hoped civil suit would fail

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.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 08:32:00

Judicial campaign ethics group sends cease and desist letter to out-of-state PAC

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."

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 13:06:00

Judge assigned to trial of judge charged with negligent homicide in hot-car death of toddler

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.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 12:07:00

Sentencing delayed for Maggio bribery case

A sentencing hearing in the federal bribery case of former Conway Circuit Judge Mike Maggio was delayed today.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 12:05:00

Could Republican obstructionism lead to a more liberal Supreme Court?

On Senate Republicans' risky political gambit.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 14:55:00

Big cases looming for Supreme Court, with vacant seat after Justice Antonin Scalia's death

Texas officials have said that Antonin Scalia died of a heart attack. His death will have an immediate impact on American jurisprudence and public policy.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 20:55:00

Obama will nominate a successor to Scalia, says Senate should "fulfill its responsibility"

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."

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Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 18:23:00

GOP presidential contenders react to the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Statements from the presidential candidates of the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 16:10:00

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died today at the age of 79 at a ranch in West Texas.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 10:55:00

Big spending in judicial races

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.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 15:01:00

Judicial Discipline begins review of Supreme Court ethics complaint

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.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 11:59:00

Supreme Court accepts surrender of Mike Maggio's law license

The Arkansas Supreme Court today formally accepted the surrender of Mike Maggio's law license. He's the former judge implicated in a bribery case.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 12:07:00

Attorney general rejects marijuana proposal

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected the wording of a ballot proposal to legalize marijuana in Arkansas. It was submitted by Robert Reed, who's been working on the issue for years.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 14:58:00

Arkansas prosecutors' 'clean' record of conduct

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.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 06:49:00

The anti-Obama lawsuit factory

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.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 07:06:00

Justice Ginsburg: Public ready for same-sex marriage

Vox reports on an interview by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Bloomberg in which she said she believes the public is ready to accept same-sex marriage.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 15:19:00

Arkansas lawyers file class action against Walmart, others, over herbal products: UPDATE

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.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 09:27:00

Arkansas Supreme Court injects more delay into same-sex marriage case

The Arkansas Supreme Court today again deferred ruling on the appeal of the decision invalidating state bans on same-sex marriage.

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