Court filings last week gives me the answer to my question that new Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Barbara Webb declined to answer:

Webb doesn’t intend to recuse from cases in which a party is Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who recently hired her husband Doyle Webb at $150,000 to be director of the office’s work on legislative redistricting. The last attorney general used existing staff and brought in no one else to work on apportionment.

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Here’s one of three identical filings by Webb last week in cases in which the attorney general’s office was a party:

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I have asked the justice a followup question. According to Court Connect, the state’s judicial recordkeeping system, Webb’s letters, dated last Thursday, were filed at 9:56 or 9:57 a.m. three or four minutes before the filing of orders in which she participated.  The order in the case above returned a case to a lower court for a written explanation required by rules for denying a post-conviction relief petition. Another case was a holding that a final order hadn’t been issued in a lower court on a landfill case and thus wasn’t ripe for appeal. In a third case, the court agreed with the attorney general in upholding a drug conviction.

Four minutes doesn’t seem like constructive notice to the attorneys, but perhaps I’m missing something.

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I also had asked the justice if she will participate in cases in which the Republican Party has an interest. Her husband recently completed a tenure as chairman of the Republican Party, but no longer holds that position. She didn’t respond.