Arkansas Courts

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.

Justin Staton
Faulkner Co. Sheriff's Office

An Arkansas teenager has pleaded guilty to charges that he killed the couple who raised him as their grandson.

Justin Staton, who is now 15 years old, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of first-degree murder and other charges related to the 2015 shooting deaths of Robert and Patricia Cogdell.

A Faulkner County judge accepted the change of plea and the agreement for Staton to testify against his co-defendant Hunter Drexler, who has pleaded not guilty in the case.

An Arkansas judge accused of having inappropriate sexual relationships with male defendants has resigned.

David Sachar, the executive director of the state's Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, said Monday that part-time Cross County District Judge Joe Boeckmann had submitted his letter of resignation.

Boeckmann has agreed to never seek public office again at the state or local level.

File photo: Former Circuit Court Judge Michael Maggio outside of federal court in Little Rock.
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A federal judge has ruled that a former Arkansas circuit court judge can remain free pending his appeal of a federal bribery conviction.

The Arkansas Supreme Court says an Arkansas law does not give inmates credit for jail sentences served before their probation is revoked.

The court issued the ruling Thursday after a Pulaski County man argued that a lower court should have granted him 120 days of jail credit. Michael Burgess was sentenced to serve the 120 days and then serve terms of probation.

The lower court denied Burgess credit for the 120 days when he violated probation and was given an additional jail sentence of 36 months.

A lawsuit against Craighead County claims that everyone who has been sentenced in circuit court may have been unlawfully charged an $86 fee.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that the county may owe those defendants the money if a circuit judge agrees with the claim. Attorney Mark Rees argues on behalf of Christopher Miles and all other similarly situated persons that the county collected $236 in court costs from individuals who were issued a judgment.

Arkansas Code sets a $150 cost for misdemeanor or felony violations of state law in circuit court.

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