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Re: “Black rhino added to Little Rock Zoo

Rhino breeding. A noble cause, if ever there was one.

Posted by BCRhino on 04/07/2017 at 8:12 PM

Re: “More on the revived voucher-like bill advancing from a House committee

Does anybody not get that tax dollars to "not for profits" is a bad idea?

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Posted by BCRhino on 03/28/2017 at 10:17 PM

Re: “More on the Ecclesia scandal; at least ten legislators directed GIF money to college

Plainjim - you forgot former Rep. Sue Scott, who also does not appear to have put any GIF funds into this....mess.

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Posted by BCRhino on 01/30/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Arkansas Supreme Court upholds birth certificate law creating hurdles for same-sex couples

The most interesting part of the opinions is where Chief Justice Brill dissents and concurs, quoting at the beginning of his opinion, Bob Dylan's "the Times They Are A'changin" at length.

Can any of you who happen to be lawyers explain to me why all the associate justices don't have the easiest jobs in the world right now - in any case, all they need to do is see what the Chief Justice, one of the most, if not the most respected professor out of the UA law school, is doing, and then concur. Every case should be 7-0 -whatever Brill says. he doesn't even let his very deep faith get in the way of his oath to uphold the law. Wish he was staying, and wish we had 6 more like him.

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Posted by BCRhino on 12/08/2016 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Reform bail bond process, coalition urges Arkansas Supreme Court

Nothing wrong with the current rule -it's the reluctance of judges to apply it due to political concerns. If you consistently set a fair bail based on purely an evaluation of the accused's likelihood of appearing for future hearings and chances the accused would reoffend, you likely will not be reelected.

One might consider this an argument for the appointment of trial judges. One might also say that it reflects society's fear of crime, which may be so great as to overcome the old saw about 99 guilty going free to avoid the single innocent being punished.

Not easy to fix, because in the main, people, at least the ones with political power, assume it will never be them.

Posted by BCRhino on 11/28/2016 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Legislators at unprecedented impasse on school funding

Plainjim - got to disagree - at the time of Lakeview, equity was accepted law (though not necessarily well administerd). The new thing in Lakeview was the insertion by the Court of itself into determining adequacy, essentially setting itself up as a super legislature with the ability to overrule decisions made by the political branches - always a scary prospect, but now more so with our current Supreme Court.

Posted by BCRhino on 11/01/2016 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Suit filed against GOP poll watcher, cites conflict of interest

Razorblade - I think another principle of law applies here other than your literal reading of the statute. A public official is generally barred from participating is activities inconsistent with his/het office. This would appear to be such as a vote challenge by you would be decided by the Election Commission you serve on, which you clearly could not vote on due to your quasi-judicial role and I might suggest might also disqualify the other two Commissioners due to their relationship with/knowledge of you. If a poll watcher is a public office, which it might be, you are holding two inconsistent offices (which I note would mean you had vacated the first one).

That's all kind of in the weeds opinionating, but what is clear is this - an election commissioner deciding to act as a poll watcher is just poor judgment - consistent I suppose with our party's nominee. Not that the other party's nominee has shown herself to have consistent good judgment either.

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Posted by BCRhino on 11/01/2016 at 8:50 PM

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