Arkansas Courts

Eight death row inmates are asking an Arkansas judge to stop their executions, arguing that the state's refusal to reveal where it gets execution drugs is unconstitutional.

The argument, made in a court filing late Monday, is similar to arguments unsuccessfully used by death-row inmates in other states.

But the filing argues that Arkansas new secrecy law violates a previous settlement with the state that ensured inmates would be given the information.

A pharmaceutical company that ended its contract with Arkansas in 2013 after its drugs were purchased for lethal injections is investigating whether the state plans to use one of its sedatives in upcoming executions.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has set the execution dates for eight death row inmates after more than a decade-long dearth of lethal injections.

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge announced on Tuesday that he would be resigning from his post on Friday, Aug. 21.

He did not announce his intentions for what his next move would be, but Eldridge has been rumored to be considering a challenge to U.S. Senator John Boozman, R-Arkansas, in 2016.

Eldridge, appointed by President Obama to the Western District post in 2010, said he would discuss his future plans after he leaves the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Jacob Trieber
Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

The U.S. Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Republican Arkansas Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton to name the federal building in Helena-West Helena after federal Judge Jacob Trieber.

Trieber was appointed by President William McKinley and served from 1900 to 1927 as the federal judge for the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. He was the first Jewish federal judge and also served on the Helena City Council and as Phillips County treasurer.

Below is a collection of statements on the SCOTUS marriage ruling issued by Arkansas-related politicians and elected officials.

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson released the statement below following the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage:

Hutchinson Statement On Marriage Ruling

Jun 26, 2015

Governor Asa Hutchinson Issues Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson released the statement below following the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage

Ulonzo Gordon

An opinion issued by the Arkansas Supreme Court Thursday could have major implications for more than 50 state inmates who were sentenced to mandatory life sentences as juveniles.

A former circuit judge who pleaded guilty to bribery late last year will go before a federal judge this fall for sentencing, according to court documents filed late Wednesday.

Mike Maggio was scheduled to be sentenced July 24 in federal court in Little Rock. However, the sentencing has been postponed until 10:30 a.m., Nov. 20 before Chief District Judge Brian S. Miller.

A federal appeals court has struck down parts of an Arkansas law that sought to ban most abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the viability standard the law cites is becoming more difficult to use because of advances in technology.

The appeals court noted the viability standard was once 28 weeks, but in the Arkansas case was generally considered 24 weeks.