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Judge Rhonda Wood gives credit where due

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click to enlarge GIVING THANKS: Judge Wood at 2013 investiture.
  • GIVING THANKS: Judge Wood at 2013 investiture.
A historical update on money and the Arkansas Supreme Court and what knowledge judicial candidates might or might not have about their backers:

A student of the court points me to the swearing-in of new Court of Appeals judges on Feb. 15, 2013, a video  helpfully archived on the Arkansas Supreme Court website.

At the 24-minute mark, new Appellate Judge Rhonda Wood gives thanks for those who helped her reach the bench. She said time prevented thanking everyone individually, but she said she wanted to publicly thank three people who were "critical to me sitting here today." The three: 

Campaign consultant Clint Reed, Sen. Gilbert Baker and John Goodson. The latter two you'll note came up in the preceding item.

This page will take you to archived swearing-in ceremonies. Click the link to watch it live.

The Court of Appeals fund-raising reports might make some additional interesting reading for the Democrat-Gazette's project team. A quick glance at Wood's in 2012, for example, shows the Morton nursing home money influence was in place then, before it really flowered in her next race in 2014 for Supreme Court. It also shows that in July 2012, after Wood had won her race, $10,000 arrived in the form of five $2,000 contributions from four Texarkana men and a resident of a Texarkana suburb. That  was enough  to square the Wood campaign finance account to the break-even point (actually $16.95 in the hole on contributions versus expenditures). The first name listed of the five late financial angels was that of Dean Keil, a retiree who I'm reasonably sure is father of Matt Keil, one of John Goodson's law partners.


Those of you whom Justice Wood allows to follow her on Twitter might send a note if she has anything to say about reporting today.

PS: The preponderance of class action lawyer (and spouse) money in this monthly report by Wood in March 2014 in her Supreme Court race is particularly striking.


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