Arkansas Courts http://ualrpublicradio.org en Hearing Set In Challenge To Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hearing-set-challenge-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 http://ualrpublicradio.org Judge Lets Conviction Of Arkansas Treasurer Stand http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/judge-lets-conviction-arkansas-treasurer-stand <pre> A federal judge has upheld the corruption conviction of Arkansas' former treasurer, rejecting her request to have the case heard by state authorities. Lawyers for Martha Shoffner said the Arkansas Ethics Commission - not federal jurors - should have addressed claims that she accepted $36,000 from a bond broker who did business with the state. A federal jury convicted Shoffner on March 11. The defense team said the federal government wasn't harmed by Shoffner's actions and wanted U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to dismiss the charges against her. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:43:42 +0000 Associated Press 21867 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Judge Lets Conviction Of Arkansas Treasurer Stand Ruling: Faulkner Judge Can Remain On Ballot http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/ruling-faulkner-judge-can-remain-ballot <pre> Another Arkansas judge has been ruled eligible for office after his candidacy was challenged because of a temporary license suspension. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled Tuesday that Circuit Judge H.G. Foster is eligible for the ballot. Foster's candidacy had been challenged because his license was temporarily suspended because of late payment of annual dues. State law says a person must be a licensed attorney for six years to be eligible for a judgeship. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:24:24 +0000 Associated Press 21866 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Hearing Set Over Arkansas Voter ID Lawsuit http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hearing-set-over-arkansas-voter-id-lawsuit <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A hearing is set in a lawsuit over how absentee ballots are handled under Arkansas' new&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">voter ID law, five weeks ahead of the state's primary election.</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:29:16 +0000 Associated Press 21767 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas AG Asks Court To Reconsider Drug Ruling http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-ag-asks-court-reconsider-drug-ruling <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision tossing out a $1.2 billion judgment against drugmaker Johnson &amp; Johnson over the marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McDaniel on Monday filed a petition for rehearing over the high court's decision last month that the state misapplied the Medicaid fraud law in its suit against Johnson &amp; Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc.</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:46:10 +0000 Associated Press 21467 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas AG Asks Court To Reconsider Drug Ruling 2 Lawsuits Challenge Judicial Candidates In Conway http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/2-lawsuits-challenge-judicial-candidates-conway <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Two lawsuits have been filed challenging the eligibility of two people running for separate judgeships in Faulkner County.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The lawsuits allege that candidate Angela Byrd and current Circuit Judge H.G. Foster are ineligible for the ballot because both had their law licenses temporarily suspended for not paying annual state-bar fees.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:22:31 +0000 Associated Press 21253 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Court Tosses Out $1.2 Billion Judgment Against Johnson & Johnson http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-court-tosses-out-12-billion-judgment-against-johnson-johnson <p></p><p>The Arkansas Supreme Court has thrown out a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson &amp; Johnson in a lawsuit challenging its marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.</p><p>The Thursday ruling comes in an appeal of lawsuit filed by Arkansas against the drugmaker and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals.</p><p>The state says the companies didn't properly communicate the drug's risks and marketed it for off-label use, calling the practices fraudulent.</p><p>Johnson &amp; Johnson said there was no fraud and Arkansas' Medicaid program wasn't harmed.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:53:11 +0000 Associated Press 20583 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Court Tosses Out $1.2 Billion Judgment Against Johnson & Johnson UCA Ex-Administrator Gets 3-Year Prison Sentence http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/uca-ex-administrator-gets-3-year-prison-sentence <div><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A former University of Central Arkansas administrator remains free on bond pending an appeal after a jury convicted him of six counts of commercial burglary.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:51:21 +0000 Associated Press 20222 at http://ualrpublicradio.org UCA Ex-Administrator Gets 3-Year Prison Sentence Trial To Start For Ex-UCA Official In Test Thefts Case http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/trial-start-ex-uca-official-test-thefts-case <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The trial of a former University of Central Arkansas chief of staff charged in the theft of tests is scheduled to start.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The trial for Jack </span>Gillean<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is to begin with opening statements Monday in Van Buren County Circuit Court in Clinton after being moved there from Faulkner County because of pretrial publicity. A jury of seven men and five women plus two alternates was seated last week.</span></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:11:45 +0000 Associated Press 20056 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Judge Delays Oral Arguments On Arkansas Execution Law http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/judge-delays-oral-arguments-arkansas-execution-law <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 0.16in"><font size="4">A judge has rescheduled oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' new </font><font size="4">lethal</font><span style="font-size: large; line-height: 0.16in;">injection</span><span style="font-size: large; line-height: 0.16in;"> law.</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:56:20 +0000 Associated Press 17607 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Judge Delays Oral Arguments On Arkansas Execution Law