Arkansas Supreme Court

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Arkansas' highest court has banned a labor union from protesting or demonstrating at Wal-Mart's stores and offices in the state, scaling back a judge's order prohibiting the group from entering the retail giant's property for anything other than shopping.

An Arkansas Supreme Court justice says she won't recuse from hearing an appeal related to a wrongful-death lawsuit against a nursing home owner who donated thousands of dollars to her campaign two years ago.

Justice Rhonda Wood on Thursday denied the motion asking that she not hear Michael Morton's appeal of a state judge's order granting class-action status in Andrew Phillips' lawsuit against Morton and Robinson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Little Rock. Phillips' mother, who died in 2014, was a resident of the nursing home.

Arkansas is asking the nation's highest court to not review a decision upholding the state's lethal injection law, saying the nine death row inmates challenging the ruling have not raised a federal claim in the case.

The Arkansas Supreme Court says it won't reconsider its decision to disqualify a medical marijuana proposal from the ballot after thousands of votes had already been cast for next week's election.

In a 5-2 ruling Thursday, justices denied a petition to rehear its ruling that blocked state officials from counting any votes cast for the proposal, known as Issue 7. The court ruled last week that the campaign behind the measure did not follow state law regarding paid canvassers.

 

The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man who pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder of a Fort Smith police officer and kidnapping.

Elvis Thacker said prosecutors failed to provide videos of the incident and argued that evidence favorable to him was withheld, that his guilty plea was coerced and that he is innocent.

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A "special master" appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court to review a ballot proposal to legalize casinos in three counties says Secretary of State Mark Martin was wrong when he certified a signature petition seeking the election and placed it on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

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The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected one of two efforts to block a medical marijuana proposal from the November ballot.

The campaign behind an effort to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties is asking the state's highest court to dismiss a lawsuit trying to block votes for the ballot measure.

Arkansas Wins in 2016 asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to dismiss the lawsuit by opponents that claims the ballot measure is misleading and that supporters didn't follow the law for reporting paid canvassers. The lawsuit asks the court to block election officials from counting any votes for the measure in the November election.

The Arkansas Supreme Court has ordered a resentencing for an inmate who has served nearly 40 years in prison for a crime committed when he was 16 years old.

Billy Ray Smith, who is now 59, challenged the life sentence he received in Pike County for rape. Smith, who represented himself in court filings, argued that a life sentence without parole for a non-homicide offense was illegal for a juvenile, and the state's highest court agreed on Thursday.

The court sent Smith's case back to Pike County Circuit Court with orders that his sentence be modified to 50 years.

The Arkansas Supreme Court says it won't hold oral arguments in an attempt to get one of two medical marijuana measures disqualified from the November ballot.

Justices on Wednesday denied a request for oral arguments in the challenge brought by a coalition of groups opposed to the measure legalizing marijuana for patients with certain medical conditions. The coalition includes the state Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas Farm Bureau and the Family Council Action Committee.

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