Legal Archive

Arkansas Committee Approves Prosecutor Funding Bill

by Associated Press 1/13/2015 10:56 am

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee approved the bill Tuesday that sets aside $5 million for 28 prosecuting attorneys throughout the state and for other judicial expenses. The bill also includes $2.5 million in expense reimbursements for lawmakers.

Dustin McDaniel Urges $97K Raise for Successor

by Associated Press 1/12/2015 02:57 pm

The outgoing Democratic attorney general of Arkansas is urging a panel reviewing elected officials' salaries to more than double his Republican successor's pay.

Gearhart Family's $250K Gift Establishes Law School Endowed Fund

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/12/2015 12:02 pm

Jeff Gearhart and his wife, Lisa, have created an endowed fund to enhance academic and professional development opportunities with a $250,000 gift.

Gaming the System (George Wise Commentary)

by George Wise 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Money and politics may dominate the legislative and executive branches of government, but the courts, and more specifically jury trials, are the one place where regular folks can hold corporations and institutions responsible for wrongful acts. Our judicial system is designed so that a citizen can bring his or her case before a local community jury to seek justice and hold wrongdoers accountable.

Joyce Judy's 'Series of Bad Decisions' Comes to End in North Carolina

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/12/2015 12:00 am

One of the saddest cases of white-collar crime in Whispers' long memory has come to an unsatisfying conclusion.

John Rogers Receiver Michael McAfee Seeking A ‘Prince'

by George Waldon 1/12/2015 12:00 am

Michael McAfee thinks he's starting the new year with a bout of sinusitis that will require a trip to the doctor for relief. Banks and other creditors of North Little Rock businessman John Rogers are looking to McAfee to help alleviate financial headaches that began throbbing a year ago — and in some cases even longer.

Little Rock Director Kenneth Richardson Cited for Driving While Intoxicated

by Associated Press 1/11/2015 02:40 pm

A member of Little Rock's board of directors has been cited for driving while intoxicated.

Larry Walther to Head Department of Finance, Administration

by Lee Hogan 1/9/2015 12:58 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson has named Larry Walther as the new director of the Department of Finance & Administration.

Matthew Sweet Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering

by Gwen Moritz 1/7/2015 03:52 pm

Matthew D. Sweet, the former comptroller of One Bank & Trust of Little Rock, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single count of money laundering, and federal prosecutors have agreed to recommend a sentence of probation.

Bank of Little Rock Says John Rogers Misused $900K Loan

by George Waldon 1/7/2015 11:23 am

A second bank has raised questions about possible loan fraud in its dealings with North Little Rock sports memorabilia and photo dealer John Rogers. Bank of Little Rock alleges that Rogers "intentionally misused" money and defrauded the bank after taking out a $900,000 loan in December 2013.

Asa Hutchinson Open to Changes in School Consolidation Law

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 1/6/2015 01:24 pm

Arkansas' incoming governor says he's open to a change in the state's school consolidation law.

Former One Bank Officer Matthew Sweet to Plead Guilty

by Gwen Moritz 1/6/2015 08:25 am

Matthew D. Sweet, the former vice president and controller of Little Rock's One Bank & Trust, will plead guilty Wednesday to one of the 60 federal felony counts that have been pending for more than a year.

Judge Appoints Receiver For 4 John Rogers Businesses

by George Waldon 1/5/2015 12:38 pm

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza appoints Michael McAfee as receiver of four businesses once controlled by North Little Rock sports memorabilia and photo dealer John Rogers.

Antonin Scalia to Speak at Marshals Museum Event in Fort Smith

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/5/2015 11:46 am

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will headline the first of three Winthrop Paul Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series presentations in Fort Smith, U.S. Marshals Museum officials announced Monday.

US Sues Fort Smith Over Unpermitted Discharges

by Associated Press 1/5/2015 09:05 am

The federal government has filed a lawsuit against Fort Smith that alleges the city's wastewater treatment plants have allowed numerous unpermitted and illegal discharges of pollutants into the Arkansas River.

The 2014 Executive Q&A Issue

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/5/2015 12:00 am

We asked Arkansas' business giants to weigh in on challenge and success throughout 2014. Here's what they had to say.

Arkansas Law Enforcement Agencies Eye Body Cameras

by Associated Press 1/4/2015 02:53 pm

Arkansas law enforcement officials say they would like to equip their officers with body cameras but that their cost may prevent it.

Mayflower-Vilonia Tornado is Top AP Story of 2014

by Associated Press 1/1/2015 09:39 pm

Arkansas' worst natural disaster of 2014 has been selected by Associated Press members as the state's top news story of the year, edging out the Republican dominance in the midterm elections and court decisions that opened the door to marriages between same-sex couples.

Mike Beebe Appoints 7 to Judicial Posts

by Associated Press 1/1/2015 09:38 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe has announced the appointments of seven people to judicial posts in Arkansas — including the appointment of state Supreme Court Justice Cliff Hoofman to the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

No Daily Report, Morning Roundup on Thursday

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/31/2014 11:20 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report and Morning Roundup on Thursday in recognition of the New Year's holiday.