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Dr. Richard Johns Indicted in Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone
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Dr. Richard Johns Indicted in Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone

Dr. Richard Johns, the Little Rock physician who was charged with 187 counts of prescription drug fraud in Lonoke County in May, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday as part of a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.
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Appeal Court Upholds Decision to Toss K. Vaughn Knight Convictions

Federal prosecutors in the Western District of Arkansas have to decide whether to retry K. Vaughn Knight after the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the trial judge's decision to throw out his convictions.
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Goodson Announces Bid for Arkansas Chief Justice

Justice Courtney Goodson has launched her bid to lead the Arkansas Supreme Court, vowing to represent "common sense, conservative" values in the post.
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#WOTUS: Attorneys File Arguments over Scope of Water Rule Injunction

Attorneys who have been debating state and federal powers regarding small waterways filed written arguments Tuesday over whether a judge's decision to block a new Obama administration water rule applies nationwide.
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