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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We ended up adopting Fred due to his incorrigible stubbornness. Originally bred to track game, basset hounds can be amazingly persistent. It sometimes appears that when their noses are working, their hearing shuts down.
The Koch political lobby is trying mightily to pretend it supports American farmers and that Tom Cotton's vote against the farm bill isn't a measure of farm support. A new report from a Democratic organization blows that dishonest messaging out of the water.
A lawsuit filed on Friday in the Circuit Court of Crittenden County alleges that at least beginning in 2014, Crittenden Regional Hospital (CRH) withheld money from employees' paychecks for health insurance premiums, but never actually paid the claims. That would potentially leave their employees on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in medical care they were told was covered by their health insurance. The practice may have dated back even further, said Denny Sumpter, the attorney for the plaintiffs.
If you didn't understand the specifics, you might find irony in the fact that Arkansas liquor stores have contributed $1.2 million — so far — to an effort to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment to allow retail alcohol sales in all 75 counties.
Gov. Mike Beebe dismisses Republican attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge's suggestion that politics somehow played a role in her negative evaluation by the Department of Human Services when she resigned a staff job in 2007.