Arkansas Courts

The Arkansas Supreme Court is denying a request by eight death row inmates to appeal a decision that upheld the state’s execution secrecy law. But the court is also delaying its order as the inmates request a hearing from the U.S. Supreme Court.

wade naramore
Arkansas Times

A motion to dismiss charges against a suspended Garland County circuit judge in the death of his toddler son has been denied.

Attorneys for Judge Wade Naramore had argued the documents filed by prosecutors lacked adequate evidence for a conviction and asked that the case be dismissed.

Online court records show special judge John Langston on Tuesday found that the documents are sufficient and scheduled Naramore's trial to start Aug. 15.

Judge Wade Naramore has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide in the July 24 death of his 18-month-old son, Thomas.

Leaders in Mississippi County are urging voters to approve funding to build a new courthouse in Blytheville.

The Courier News reports the current facility has fallen into disrepair. Mushrooms are growing in a wall at the county collector's office, while buckets line the entrance to the courtroom to collect water.

County officials have also reported falling bricks and mold.

The city of Rogers and three police officers are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit over the fatal shooting of a woman by police.

Fallon Frederick was shot to death Aug. 1, 2011, at a convenience store after officers responded to her 911 call for help.

The lawsuit by her brother - Darrell Frederick - says Frederick was a paranoid schizophrenic who thought she was being pursued and was cowering in the corner of the store when she was shot with a stun gun by Cpl. Nick Torkelson, then shot by Officer Vince Motsinger as she tried to run away.

A Searcy man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison in the death of his 2-year-old son.

Forty-three-year-old Jeffery Clifton was sentenced Friday to 30 years for second-degree murder in the death of Malik Drummond and to 10 more years for abuse of a corpse.

Clifton pleaded no contest to the charges Friday after the murder charge was reduced from capital murder, which could have resulted in a death penalty or life in prison if Clifton were convicted.

wade naramore
Arkansas Times

A prosecutor assigned to the case of a suspended Garland County circuit judge says the man's attorneys have all investigative material in the death of the defendant's son in a hot car last summer.

The Sentinel-Record reports that Wade Naramore's attorneys filed a motion last week arguing that prosecutors hadn't disclosed requested material.

Arkansas is appealing a federal judge's order blocking the state from enforcing its limits on how the abortion pill is administered.

The state attorney general's office on Thursday filed a notice that it was appealing U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker's March order granting Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's request for a preliminary injunction against the restrictions while she considers the case.

The rules had been set to take effect Jan. 1, but Baker had previously issued a temporary restraining order blocking them before her injunction was issued.

Judge Chris Piazza
Arkansas Times

An Arkansas judge says he's siding with the state in a lawsuit that claims legislators didn't adequately fund public schools. He cited missteps in some areas but said he found nothing that violates the state's constitution.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said in a memorandum opinion issued Wednesday that the issues raised by Deer/Mount Judea School District didn't amount to a violation of the state's constitution. Piazza asked attorneys for the district and the state to draft a written order reflecting his findings.

A fourth alleged victim will join a civil lawsuit filed against a former Arkansas judge who resigned this week amid an investigation into allegations he engaged in inappropriate sexual relationships with defendants in his court.

Three men have filed a lawsuit against an Arkansas judge, alleging they were the victims of sexual misconduct or abuse while they were defendants in his court.

Part-time Cross County District Judge Joe Boeckmann resigned Monday amid an investigation by the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission into allegations he had inappropriate sexual relationships with male defendants dating back to his time as a prosecutor.

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