The memo that set off hot response from two Supreme Court justices | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The memo that set off hot response from two Supreme Court justices

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 7:20 AM

click to enlarge JUDGE GARY ARNOLD: The Benton judge's memo set off two justices.
  • JUDGE GARY ARNOLD: The Benton judge's memo set off two justices.
The Arkansas Blog reported yesterday the steamy letters fired off by Supreme Court Jistices Karen Baker and Jo Hart in response to a memo from Judge Gary Arnold, president of the Arkansas Judicial Council, about the deliberations of the independent citizens commission which Monday finalized a round of big pay increases for judges.

Justices Baker and Hart had appeared at a public hearing to complain that the 11 percent pay raises for them, to $166,500, weren't big enough. They were mentioned in a brief report later by Arnold, who'd been following the proceedings for the judges' organization. The group meets on matters of shared concern and, among others, hires a lobbyist to represent judges in legislative matters.

Last night, I got a copy of the Arnold memo that set the justices off.

He wrote that he had said in a letter in early February that judges should bring concerns about pay to the special committee working on the issue "in an effort to present as unified a position as possible." But, he said,  "unexpected presentations by two of our members generated some media responses" and said the effect on the commission itself was unknown. "I will ask the Judicial Council Supreme Court liaison Committee to discuss and suggest ways to facilitate more open communication within the Council in the future."

If this seems tame, the two justices clearly didn't think so.

Tags: , , , , ,


Comments (9)

Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Today's the day for landlord-tenant bill UPDATE Another defeat

    Rep. Jimmy Gazaway (R-Paragould) says he will present his HB 1410 to provide protection to renters at a committee meeting after adjournment today. The bill will incorporate changes suggested by the Arkansas Realtors Assocviation, but that powerful lobby still won't support the bill. UPDATE: the bill fell one vote short.
    • Mar 18, 2019
  • Headlines and the open line

    A busy legislature leads the day's video news roundup. Here's the open line.
    • Mar 18, 2019
  • Senate committee approves tobacco tax bill with income tax cut

    The Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee this morning endorsed Sen. Jim Hendren's SB 571 to provide an income tax cut for low-income people and make up the revenue loss with an increase in the tax on cigarettes and other smoking products.
    • Mar 18, 2019
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • Use of solar on the rise in Arkansas

    With a pivotal ruling expected any day now from the Public Service Commission, Kyle Massey at Arkansas Business reports on the increase in Arkansans adding solar generation units on their homes and business.
    • Apr 13, 2018
  • Antwan Phillips wants to make a difference in reducing Little Rock violence

    KARK/Fox 16's push to do something about Little Rock violence includes a spotlight on people trying to make a difference — in this episode Antwan Phillips, a lawyer at Wright, Lindsey and Jennings.
    • Aug 30, 2017


Most Recent Comments


© 2019 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation