Arkansas Supreme Court

Arkansas' highest court says it won't reconsider a decision in which it said it was OK for a state university to loan $700,000 to the Oxford American literary magazine.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday denied James McCafferty's petition to rehear his lawsuit challenging the University of Central Arkansas' loan to the magazine, which is based in Little Rock. Justices last month uphold a lower court's dismissal of McCafferty's lawsuit, ruling that the funds used for the loan weren't tax dollars.

The Arkansas Supreme Court has ordered a circuit court to continue with the resentencing of a man convicted of murder as a juvenile.

The court issued its order Thursday lifting a stay in Ulonzo Gordon's resentencing. The Arkansas Attorney General's Office had asked for the original stay so it could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Earlier this month the U.S. high court declined to hear the state's petition. The court previously ruled in a separate case that its bar on juvenile life without parole sentences should be applied retroactively.

Arkansas lawmakers appear split on what changes, if any, are needed to how justices are chosen after conservative groups overwhelmed two state Supreme Court races with television ads this year.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee debated Wednesday whether the state should consider ending the popular election of justices or require disclosures from outside groups.

The proposals are being floated after candidates for two state Supreme Court seats and outside groups spent more than $1.3 million on television ads before the March 1 judicial election.

The Arkansas Supreme Court says it won't reconsider its ruling that defendants can be required to pay their bail in cash.

The court on Thursday denied the petition for rehearing by Ramon Trujillo, who had objected to a $300,000 cash-only bail in an aggravated assault and domestic battery case. Justices last month dismissed Trujillo's argument that the lower court requiring cash-only bail was unconstitutional.

Jack Gillean
Faulkner Co. Sheriff's Office

The state Supreme Court has accepted the surrendered law license of the former chief of staff for the University of Central Arkansas who was convicted on burglary charges for helping a student steal tests.

Justices on Thursday granted Jack Gillean's motion to give up his license in lieu of probable disbarment proceedings. Gillean asked to surrender his license last month because he was convicted of a felony.

Circuit Court Judge Dan Kemp will be Arkansas' next chief justice, winning a race in which conservative groups spent a record amount of money targeting his rival.

Kemp defeated Justice Courtney Goodson in Tuesday's nonpartisan judicial election. He succeeds interim Chief Justice Howard Brill in leading the seven-member court.

Jack Gillean
Faulkner Co. Sheriff's Office

The former chief of staff for the University of Central Arkansas who was convicted on burglary charges for helping a student steal tests has surrendered his law license.

The Arkansas Supreme Court announced Thursday that it has accepted the surrender petition from Jack Gillean. Gillean says in the petition he is voluntarily surrendering the license because he was convicted of a felony, and a hearing to revoke his license "would go badly" for him.

Arkansas' highest court says a Hot Springs man can't sue over a university's $700,000 loan to the Oxford American literary magazine, ruling the funds aren't considered tax dollars.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court's ruling against James McCafferty, who had challenged the University of Central Arkansas' loan to the quarterly magazine based in Little Rock.

Justice Courtney Goodson says she's loaned another $211,000 to her campaign to lead the Arkansas Supreme Court as she heads into the final week before the March 1 election.

Goodson reported loaning her campaign for chief justice a total of $466,000 since launching her bid last year. She's running against Circuit Judge Dan Kemp for the seat. Tuesday was the deadline to file pre-election fundraising reports.

Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson and Circuit Judge Dan Kemp each report raising more than $100,000 last month in their heated race for Arkansas Supreme Court chief justice.

Kemp on Tuesday reported raising slightly more than Goodson in January, with $111,490 in contributions to Goodson's reported $107,300. Goodson also reported loaning her campaign $80,000 in January.

Goodson outspent Kemp, with $144,273 in expenditures, and ended the month with $74,121 cash on hand. Kemp spent $13,771 and has $256,956 in the bank.

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