Arkansas Courts

A race for Chief Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court has drawn record-breaking amounts of spending as a current Associate Justice on the court and a circuit Judge contend for the seat.

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Arkansas Times

The chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court has assigned a judge to preside over the case of a suspended judge who is charged in his son's death.

The Sentinel-Record reports that retired Circuit Judge John Langston will preside over Division 2 Circuit Judge Wade Naramore's trial.

William Asa Hutchinson III
Washington County Sheriff's Office

The son of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving charge.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 40-year-old William Asa Hutchinson III of Rogers pleaded not guilty Monday in Fayetteville District Court. He also faces charges of careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test.

State Police say the governor's son was arrested Jan. 24 on Interstate 49 in Fayetteville by a trooper who responded to a single-vehicle crash and found the younger Hutchinson uninjured in the vehicle.

The next court hearing for a Searcy man accused of killing his 2-year-old son in 2014 has been delayed after his defense attorney requested a psychiatric evaluation of his client.

The Daily Citizen reports that Jeffery Clifton's next pretrial hearing had been scheduled for Monday, but all court appearances and motion requests have been put on hold due to defense attorney Ronald L. Davis' request.

Prosecutor Becky McCoy says it could be months before Clifton's next court appearance.

Federal prosecutors say a former Arkansas circuit judge who wants to withdraw his guilty plea to a bribery charge had violated the terms of his plea agreement about a month before asking to enter a new plea.

A motion to withdraw the plea of former Judge Michael Maggio says there is no evidence the bribe involved government business as required under the charge, that the U.S. attorney threatened to prosecute his wife and said the case should be dismissed.

wade naramore
Garland Co. Sheriff's Office

The Arkansas Supreme Court has temporarily suspended a judge charged with negligent homicide in the death of his son, who was left in the back seat of a hot car last summer.

The Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission recommended earlier this week that Circuit Judge Wade Naramore be suspended with pay until the resolution of the criminal charge. The suspension will last through a separate commission investigation to determine if he is fit to serve.

Naramore's 18 month-old son died in July from excessive heat after being left in Naramore's car for about five hours.

A judicial ethics panel is asking to suspend an Arkansas judge charged with negligent homicide in the death of his son, who was left in the back seat of a hot car last summer.

The Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission voted Tuesday to recommend that the Arkansas Supreme Court suspend Circuit Judge Wade Naramore until the resolution of the charge, which was filed this month in the July death of his 18-month-old son. Naramore would also be suspended during an investigation by the commission to determine whether he violated judicial conduct and whether he is fit to serve.

A former central Arkansas circuit judge is asking a federal judge to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea on a federal bribery charge, two weeks before he is scheduled to be sentenced.

Attorney James Hensley wrote in a filing Friday that former judge Michael Maggio's previous attorneys had erred in advising him to plead guilty last year to the bribery charge. Hensley says there was no evidence the bribe involved government business as required under the charges.

Arron Lewis
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A man convicted of capital murder and kidnapping in the death of a central Arkansas real estate agent has filed notice that he plans to appeal.

Arron Lewis was found guilty and sentenced to life without parole in the slaying of Beverly Carter after a four-day jury trial in January.

Prosecutors said Lewis targeted Carter in a failed ransom plot, taking her from a fake home showing. When police began looking for her and Lewis found out Carter had financial problems, prosecutors say Lewis smothered Carter with duct tape and buried her in a shallow grave.

Judge Arrested For Death Of Son Left In Hot Car

Feb 11, 2016
wade naramore
Arkansas Times

A special prosecutor issued an arrest warrant Thursday morning for Judge Wade Naramore in connection with the heat-related death of his toddler son, Thomas, who died after he was left in a vehicle July 2015.

KATV, Channel 7 News confirmed Naramore turned himself in to the Garland County Detention Center and was booked and released on $5,000 bond. Naramore is being charged with negligent homicide, a Class A misdemeanor.

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