Arkansas Courts en Opening Arguments Set In Arkansas Inmate's Trial <p>Opening arguments are set in a resentencing trial for an Arkansas man whose death sentence was overturned more than two years ago by the Arkansas Supreme Court.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Frank Williams </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. was convicted in Lafayette County for the 1992 killing of farmer Clyde Smith. But in December 2011, the state's highest court ordered that Williams be </span>resentenced<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, citing problems with his original sentencing in 1993.</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:53:02 +0000 Associated Press 26313 at Opponents Of 12-Week Abortion Ban File Briefs In Federal Court <p>Opponents of Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban say a federal appeals court should rule the law unconstitutional, arguing the state is trying to overturn 40 years of court precedent by seeking to reinstate the prohibition.</p><p>Two Little Rock doctors who perform abortions filed a brief Thursday asking the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a federal judge's ruling that the ban is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued on behalf of the doctors.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:00:19 +0000 Associated Press 26259 at Arkansas High Court Tosses Most Contempt Fines Against Lawyer <p></p><p>The Arkansas Supreme Court has tossed out nine of the 10 contempt violations a judge issued to an attorney who represented a former Little Rock police officer in a manslaughter trial over the shooting death of a teenager.</p><p>Justices on Thursday reversed all but one of the violations and fines that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen levied against Bill James in last year's trial of Joshua Hastings.</p><p>Prosecutors in April dropped the felony manslaughter charge against Hastings after two previous mistrials.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:57:37 +0000 Associated Press 25476 at Arkansas High Court Tosses Most Contempt Fines Against Lawyer Arkansas Supreme Court Denies Bid For New Death Penalty Hearing <p></p><p>Arkansas' highest court has denied a bid to reopen the case of a death row inmate convicted of a 1993 killing at a Little Rock laundry.</p><p>The state Supreme Court on Thursday denied Terrick Nooner's request to vacate his death sentence and order a new sentencing hearing in his capital murder conviction for the killing of Scot Stobaugh.</p><p>Nooner's attorneys had argued for the new sentencing hearing on grounds the jury didn't consider evidence that he had a troubled childhood.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:07:53 +0000 Associated Press 25471 at Arkansas Supreme Court Denies Bid For New Death Penalty Hearing Faulkner County To Request Temporary Circuit Judge <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Leaders in Faulkner County say they'll ask the Arkansas Supreme Court to appoint a temporary judge to handle the caseload left by the vacancy of Circuit Judge Mike Maggio.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:01:36 +0000 Associated Press 25070 at Faulkner County To Request Temporary Circuit Judge Group Wants To Help Defend 12-Week Abortion Ban <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">An anti-abortion group based in Texas wants to help Arkansas officials defend the state's 12-week abortion ban before a federal appeals court.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:18:42 +0000 Associated Press 24181 at Orthodontist Challenges Arkansas Law On Services <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A Jonesboro orthodontist is suing the Arkansas Dental Examiners Board over a claim that barring him from offering stand-alone basic services like cleanings and X-rays is unconstitutional.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawyers for Dr. Benjamin Burris on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit in Little Rock that names the dental board and its members.</span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 14:07:45 +0000 Associated Press 23900 at Washington County Again Issuing Gay Wedding Licenses <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 0.16in"><font size="4"><font color="#424243"><font face="helvetica, arial, sans-serif">The Washington County clerk has resumed issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a day after a circuit judge in Pulaski County ruled that all state laws barring gay marriage are unconstitutional. </font></font></font></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:12:28 +0000 Associated Press 23329 at Hearing On Challenge To Arkansas Voter ID Law <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Two courts are considering challenges to Arkansas' new voter ID law as early voting approaches for the state's May 20 primary.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox is scheduled to hold a hearing Friday afternoon on whether to issue a preliminary injunction against the new law that requires voters to show photo identification before they cast a ballot. Fox struck down the law in a separate case last week, but the state Supreme Court stayed that ruling while it considers an appeal of the decision.</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:16:02 +0000 Associated Press 22668 at Hearing Set In Challenge To Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case before a circuit judge in Pulaski County.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than three dozen people are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Arkansas' voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is to preside over the hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday in Little Rock.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:46:03 +0000 Associated Press 21918 at