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CORRECTED: Arkansas Municipal League plans to re-file lawsuit against opioid companies

The Arkansas Municipal League filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against a number of major distributors and manufacturers of prescription opioids in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas (the lawsuit was withdrawn for technical reasons but the Municipal League plans to re-file it).
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ADC reports inmates broke windows, set fires during overnight disturbance at Varner

Arkansas Department of Corrections spokesman Solomon Graves issued a press release this morning with details of a small prison riot that apparently occurred last night at the Varner Unit in Grady.

New York settles lawsuit on inadequate public defenders

The same day Arkansas discussed its inadequate public defenders commission, New York was settling an ACLU lawsuit over the failure to provide adequate legal defense. A harbinger?

Arkansas Supreme Court: Another sign of fracturing

The Arkansas Supreme Court was unusually split on recent adoption of rules for civil lawsuits. Is it a sign of a fractured court?

American Bar Association warns about 'Stand Your Ground' laws

An American Bar Association task force has issued a preliminary report on so-called Stand Your Ground laws that should discourage them in states like Arkansas without them and encourage repeal in those that do.

Supreme Court upholds one contempt citation in Hastings trial, but reverses nine issued at conclusion

The Arkansas Supreme Court today upheld one, but reversed nine contempt citations Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen had issued against defense attorney Bill James in the manslaughter trial of former Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings.

Supreme Court affirms police action in deadly car chase that began in West Memphis

The U.S. Supreme Court today said West Memphis police were within their rights in a two-state chase in July 2004 that ended with the death of two people.

Judge Tim Fox issues injunction against Voter ID law; stayed for now but that could change, with votes in the balance

Circuit Judge Tim Fox today issued a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the state Voter ID law. He's stayed it for now, but plaintiffs are expected to move quickly to lift the stay so that votes in the recent primary election can be counted.

Supreme Court denies rehearing Valerie Bailey judicial race decision

The Arkansas Supreme Court today declined to rehear its decision dismissing Valerie Bailey's appeal of a lower court ruling that found her ineligible to run for circuit judge this year against Tim Fox. The court ruled last week that Bailey had not acted expeditiously enough in challenging the ruling, though it indicated she'd have qualified for the ballot under other interpretations it issued last week on ballot qualifications.

Arkansas Supreme Court stays ruling overturning same-sex marriage ban

At 4:30 p.m. today, with many of the justices at an out-of-state conference, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued a stay of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling last Friday that Arkansas law and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution.

Marriage plaintiffs object to stay of Piazza's ruling

The deadline is 2 p.m. for arguments on whether the Arkansas Supreme Court will stay Judge Chris Piazza's marriage equality ruling. I think the court's decision to move up the deadline from Monday to 2 p.m. on five hours' notice indicates their minds are made up to stay the ruling. But plaintiffs in the lawsuit are taking their licks at keeping the order in effect.

Arkansas Supreme Court lets stand all rulings in judicial election challenges; sniping over 'results' emerges. Voter ID law remains in limbo

The Arkansas Supreme Court has just issued a batch of rulings in the various cases challenging the qualifications of judicial candidates. Bottom line: No judicial candidates were disqualified and one earlier disqualification was upheld. Justices quarreled over the court's "results orientation." The Court also essentially preserved the status quo on Voter ID. A challenge to an absentee vote rule was upheld, but the court said a ruling overturning the whole law hadn't been adequately litigated for judgment.