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Supreme Court suspends jury trials through Feb. 28

Courts remain open for remote proceedings.
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Arkansas courts cranking up

The Arkansas Supreme Couirt wamts court to resume May 18.

Arkansas Supreme Court extends suspension of in-person court proceedings through May 15

In-person court proceedings in Arkansas are now suspended, save for emergencies, through at least May 15.

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NBC delves into Times legal battle over boycott law

NBC News has a long article on the Arkansas Times legal battle with the state over a law that requires all state contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel or take 20 percent less in fees. The Times, represented by the ACLU of Arkansas, challenged the law in federal court. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller dismissed the case. The Times has appealed the decision to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Federal judge says Wendell Griffen's suit against Arkansas justices can proceed

U.S. District Judge James Moody ruled today that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's lawsuit against individual justices on the Arkansas Supreme Court can proceed, the AP reports. Moody dismissed the state Supreme Court as a whole from the suit over its order last year keeping Griffen from hearing cases involving the death penalty.

State Supreme Court does away with state Whistle-Blower Act, according to dissenting justice

In a 5-2 decision today, the Arkansas Supreme Court neutered the Arkansas Whistle-Blower Act. The high court ruled that a former employee of the Department of Arkansas Community Corrections, who alleged she was fired for protesting workplace discrimination and participating in an investigation to uncover further discrimination, could not find relief in the Whistle-Blower Act because of sovereign immunity. 

Black officers file suit against LRPD, alleging discrimination

Saying the Little Rock Police Department is riddled with racism and racial discrimination, attorney Mike Laux announced this morning that he has filed suit against the city on behalf of three black LRPD officers and one former LRPD officer who say they were discriminated against by the LRPD through a pattern of lack of promotions, lower salaries and uneven discipline when compared to their white counterparts on the force. Laux said two other black officers will join the plaintiffs once they receive approval to sue from the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.

Rutledge: AG's office will investigate drug makers over opioid addiction in Arkansas

Citing what she called "staggering statistics," including Arkansas's #2 ranking for overall opioid prescriptions, and top ranking in the number of teens abusing prescription painkillers, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announce today that her office will investigate the corporate manufacturers of opioid drugs, bringing on extra help from private firms, with an eye toward potential litigation or prosecutions.

Governor directs Health Department to resume issuing birth certificates under revised procedures

Birth certificates are once again being issued at the Health Department after a brief halt due to a judge's order. Gov. Hutchinson today sent the Health Department a directive for new procedures in order to comply with the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

Griffen files federal civil rights lawsuit over Good Friday vigil punishment

Calling what happened to the product of "a lynch mob mentality" and the result of a weekend of conspiratorial conversations between members of the Arkansas State Supreme Court, firebrand Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen held a press conference today to announce the filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit over being stripped of his ability to hear cases related to the death penalty, following a Good Friday vigil in which Griffen lay on a cot in front of the Governor's mansion.

Family of man shot by LRPD claims cruiser dashcam video confirms their account

Attorneys for the family of a man killed by an LRPD officer in October 2016 allege that a video released to the media yesterday, shot from a dashcam in the officer's cruiser, both proves the family's account of the shooting and shows that the LRPD didn't fully comply with the state Freedom of Information Act when the family requested all materials related to the case. Attorneys for the family say the video was not included in materials released to them following a recent FOIA request.