Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Robert L. Brown has announced his plans to retire at the end of 2012, two years before his current term ends. He notes in the news release that follows how law on judicial retirement means that, by the endof 2016, the Supreme Court’s seven-member panel will have five different justices.
I have no doubt that this coming change in composition explains the quiet business lobby movement underway to establish a financial juggernaut that will produce a uniformly business-friendly bench in Arkansas, on the Texas model.
Brown’s 22 years include many landmark decisions in which he played a key role — from the Lakeview school funding decision to human rights decisions such as the overturning of the ballot measure banning adoption and foster parenting in homes with unmarried couples. He’s also been a prolific writer off the bench.
His announcement follows.