Arkansas Courts

Timothy Lamont Howard
Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Parole Board has unanimously denied a parole request from an inmate who has served more than 17 years in prison for a 1997 double slaying in south Arkansas.

Timothy Howard was originally convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for the killings of Brian and Shannon Day. But the Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial to review new evidence in the case. He was convicted of the lesser charges of second-degree murder and sentenced to 38 years in prison.

baxter county nativity

A federal judge has ruled that Baxter County in north Arkansas violated the Constitution by displaying a Nativity scene on the courthouse lawn in 2014.

Judge Timothy Brooks issued the ruling Thursday in a lawsuit brought by the American Humanist Association and Baxter County resident Dessa Blackthorn.

Circuit Judge Wade Naramore

A Garland County judge pleads for immediate help in a 911 call made after he found his 18-month-old son inside a hot car.

On tapes of the call released Thursday, Circuit Judge Wade Naramore said his son was in the car too long, at one point saying "It's too late, I think he's dead." Naramore's son died July 24th from excessive heat after being left in the car.

Leslie Rutledge Attorney General
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Attorney General has asked a federal judge to issue a protective order to prevent her from being deposed in a defamation lawsuit filed against the state treasurer.

Faulkner County Clerk Margaret Darter has been charged with tampering with a public record.

The felony charge was filed in Faulkner County District Court by special prosecutor Frank Shaw following an investigation by Arkansas State Police.

Faulkner County Prosecutor Cody Hiland had requested the investigation before recusing from the case. Hiland says he received information that statements of financial interest from some county officials were filed after the legal deadline - but that they were improperly stamped as being filed on time.

state board of education little rock school district takeover
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to the state's takeover of the Little Rock School District.

In an unanimous decision, the court ruled that the Arkansas Department of Education did have sovereign immunity, or the right to remain free of a  lawsuit, in its takeover of the District. A lawsuit filed by three former Little Rock School board members and one area voter claimed the state treated the district as an exception and the state had no plan in place to benefit the district, placing its actions outside the law.


911 Calls Made In HS Toddler Death Still Withheld, Suit Filed Against Police

Oct 29, 2015
Circuit Judge Wade Naramore

It's a story that has continued developing over the past three months, when a Garland County circuit judge's son died in a hot car.

On Wednesday afternoon, Attorney and blogger Matt Campbell filed the suit in Garland County a lawsuit was filed against Hot Springs Police Chief, David Flory.

The suit claims Flory is violating the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by not releasing the 911 recordings made the day Judge Wade Naramore's 18-month-old son Thomas died.

Arkansas Appeals Court Hears Case Over Steel Mill Permit

Oct 28, 2015

A steel company is asking a state appeals court to reverse a regulatory panel's decision to approve an air permit for a rival's $1.1 billion plant in northeast Arkansas.

An attorney for Nucor Steel told a three-judge panel of the Arkansas Court of Appeals that the state's Pollution Control and Ecology Commission didn't follow the law when it approved the permit for the Big River Steel facility under construction in Osceola. Nucor operates a mill about 20 miles away from the Big River site.

Arkansas' highest court has upheld the conviction and life sentence of a Little Rock man in the 2013 killing of a restaurant manager during a robbery at a mall.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the capital murder, attempted capital murder and aggravated robbery convictions of Deonte Edison.

Libertarian Party of Arkansas Chair Michael Pakko with over 15,000 signatures to be submitted to the Secretary of State's office.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The Libertarian Party of Arkansas has filed suit asking for more time to nominate candidates for the 2016 election cycle, drawing a judge who earlier this year ruled against an independent candidate suing over the same issue.

Third parties must nominate candidates for the 2016 general election by Nov. 9, which is the end of the filing period for Republican and Democratic candidates.

The deadline is a result of a law passed this year in order to make it possible for Arkansas’ primaries to be on March 1, the so-called “SEC primary” involving other Southern states.