A long-simmering dispute over the drug court in Pulaski circuit court burst into the open this morning in an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette report on an effort by other judges to work around the problem in Judge Mary McGowan’s court.
Pulaski Prosecutor Larry Jegley hasn’t sent a new defendant to the drug court overseen by McGowan for 14 months. He expressed several criticisms of McGowan’s handling of the court, including abusive treatment of his staff and others. She disputed his criticism.
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The agency reprimanded her in 2008 for failure to rule promptly and for “lapses in demeanor” on the bench – specifically that she had not been “patient and courteous” to lawyers and litigants.
This dispute on case assignments has another potential complication: In 2017, the Supreme Court split 4-3 and rejected the initial assignment plan submitted by the Pulaski Circuit judges. It was something of a mystery at the time. The division of criminal cases and the status of Judge Wendell