Arkansas Supreme Court

The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of two men sitting on death row in separate rulings.

Justices on Thursday upheld the capital murder convictions of Derek Sales and Gregory Decay, both of whom were sentenced to death. Sales was convicted in the April 16, 2005, slaying of Willie York of Bradley County. Decay was convicted in the April 3, 2007, shooting deaths of Kevin Jones and Kendall Rice of Fayetteville.

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The Arkansas Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments next month in the lawsuit challenging a proposal to legalize alcohol sales in all 75 of the state's counties.

Justices on Thursday set oral arguments for Oct. 9 in the lawsuit filed by a group opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment.

Citizens for Local Rights asked the court to remove the proposal from the November ballot, arguing the state used the wrong deadline to accept petitions for the measure. It also argued that the ballot title is insufficient.

Arkansas' highest court has ordered the immediate removal of a judge from office in addition to his lifetime ban from the bench for disclosing confidential details about an adoption involving actress Charlize Theron's child and making off-color remarks in an online forum.

Arkansas' highest court says it won't review the driving while intoxicated conviction of a Little Rock lawyer who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House two years ago.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday denied Herb Rule's petition for review over his 2013 conviction by a Fayetteville District Court. Rule was arrested Aug. 9, 2012, while driving in Fayetteville.

The Washington County clerk has resumed issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a day after a circuit judge in Pulaski County ruled that all state laws barring gay marriage are unconstitutional.

Two same-sex couples received wedding licenses shortly after the Washington County clerk's office opened Friday at 8 a.m. Clerk Becky Lewallen says a couple did stop by Thursday afternoon for a license, but she told them toreturn in the morning.

The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Newport man in the death of his 23-month-old son.

The Jonesboro Sun reported Monday that the court rejected a claim by 25-year-old Richard Ingram that a juror was removed from the case without justification.

The state Supreme Court instead found there was "a clear justification" for removal because the juror violated the judge's order not to speak with any of the attorneys,

The state Supreme Court is hearing an Arkansas man's challenge to a judge's ruling that prohibits the man's same-sex partner from being present when his son visits him at home overnight.

Justices on Thursday are scheduled to hear oral arguments in John Moix's challenge to a Pulaski County judge's order placing restrictions on his visitations with his 12-year-old son. The judge ruled that Moix's partner cannot be present at his home when his son is visiting overnight, citing a policy of prohibiting unmarried cohabitation in the presence of a child.

Arkansas Court To Hear Arguments About Iraq Veteran

Sep 26, 2013

Arkansas' highest court is set to hear oral arguments in the case of an Iraq War veteran convicted of killing his girlfriend.

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments in 32-year-old Steven Russell's case on Thursday.

Russell was convicted of capital murder in the 2009 death of Joy Owens and was sentenced to life in prison without parole last year.

Russell's attorneys say their client suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and deserves a new trial.

Arkansas Court To Hear Arguments In Funding Case

Sep 5, 2013

The Arkansas Supreme Court is hearing a school district's request to revive its lawsuit challenging the way the state funds education.

Justices on Thursday were scheduled to hold oral arguments over the Deer/Mount Judea school district's lawsuit that the state's current school funding system violates the state's Constitution. A Pulaski County judge dismissed the district's case in 2011 and rejected a motion to reconsider it, ruling that the district's claims had previously been addressed in the long-running Lake View school funding case.

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