Arkansas Courts

Local & Regional News
9:27 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Court Partially Revives Arkansas School-Funding Case

The Arkansas Supreme Court has revived part of a lawsuit challenging the way the state funds its public schools.

On Thursday, justices reversed part of a Pulaski County judge's decision dismissing a lawsuit by the Deer/Mount Judea School District that claims the state has not lived up to the reforms ending the long-running Lake View school funding suit.

The court ruled that Deer/Mount Judea raised new issues that have emerged since the Lake View case ended in 2007.

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Local & Regional News
9:25 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Judge Reconsidering Order In Tony Alamo Civil Case

Tony Alamo

A judge is reconsidering his order that requires the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries sell several properties to satisfy multi-million dollar judgments against the jailed evangelist. 

The Texarkana Gazette reports that about 100 ministry members attended a bench trial Wednesday at U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant's Texarkana courtroom. 

The members say that the properties are owned collectively by church members and not Alamo, who is serving a 175-year federal prison sentence.

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Local & Regional News
7:25 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Faulkner County Escapee Due In Court For Hearing

One of the three inmates who escaped the Faulkner County jail last month is due in court.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that 27-year-old Joel Vermillion is due in Faulkner County Circuit Court Monday for two pretrial hearings and a revocation hearing.

The pretrial hearings are on charges of forgery, possession with intent to sell drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree escape.

The revocation hearing is related to a 2012 charge of illegal possession of a firearm.

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Local & Regional News
5:23 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Judge Holding Hearing On Arkansas Sex Offender Law

A federal judge is to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging an Arkansas law that prohibits registered sex offenders from receiving Medicaid funds.

U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson is scheduled to hear arguments in Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker's effort to block enforcement of the law while Parker challenges its constitutionality.

The law was approved by the state Legislature earlier this year and took effect Aug. 16.

Parker was convicted in 2000 of possessing child pornography, but has long maintained his innocence and had his medical license reinstated in 2005.

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Local & Regional News
5:44 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Manslaughter Retrial To Start In Little Rock For Ex-officer

Judge Wendell Griffen

A retrial is set to begin for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter in a teenager's death. 

Josh Hastings' retrial is to get underway on Monday in Little Rock. A jury deadlocked at a trial earlier this year. 

Hastings is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore III.

Judge Wendell Griffen has repeatedly refused to recuse from the case, even though Hastings' lawyer, Bill James, asked him to do so.

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Local & Regional News
7:16 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Judge In Hastings Case Again Asked To Recuse

A lawyer for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter is again asking the trial judge to step away from the case.

Attorney Bill James on Tuesday asked Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen to recuse from presiding at Josh Hastings' trial, which is set to begin Monday.

Griffen denied a previous request by James that he step aside, claiming there was no evidence he's biased.

Local & Regional News
5:42 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Arkansas AG Reaches Settlement With Nevada-based Firm

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says Arkansas has reached a settlement with a Nevada telecommunications company accused of continuing to bill consumers after they had cancelled their long-distance telephone services.

McDaniel filed suit against Consumer Telcom, Inc., in 2010, alleging the company charged for "bundled" services that many Arkansans were unaware they had purchased.

In the settlement, the company agreed to make clear what type of services they are receiving and provide explicit instructions on how to cancel them.

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5:54 am
Fri August 30, 2013

4 Sentenced After Arkansas Drug Trafficking Sweep

Four people have been sentenced to more than 25 years in prison as the result of a 2011 drug-trafficking investigation by Arkansas law agencies.

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge announced the sentences Thursday.

The individuals sentenced this week were part of a 190-count indictment filed in September 2011, which was dubbed Operation Stateline Sweep and named 66 defendants.

The punishments for the four defendants range from more than three years to 10 years in prison.

Local & Regional News
6:06 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Want To Drop Governor, AG In Suit

Lawyers for a group of same-sex couples seeking to overturn Arkansas' ban on gay marriage want to drop the state's governor and attorney general from a lawsuit. 

Attorneys for the couples filed a notice of dismissal Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. That notice says the plaintiffs dismiss Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel from the lawsuit. They're asking the court to issue an order making it official. 

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Judge Won't Step Down in Arkansas Police Shooting Case

Judge Wendell Griffen

A judge says he won't step down from a case involving a former Little Rock police officer accused of killing a teenager.

Judge Wendell Griffen issued an order on Thursday denying a number of motions, including one to disqualify him in the case of former Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings.

Hastings' attorney, Bill James, filed a motion on Monday seeking to disqualify Griffen.

James said Griffen has been outspoken against Little Rock police officers and their use of firearms on minorities, and James says that's the issue in Hastings' case.

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