Tagged: arkansas supreme court

Arkansas Court Denies Request for New Execution Law Hearing

by Associated Press 7/21/2016 10:05 am

Arkansas' highest court has denied a request to reconsider its June ruling upholding the state's execution secrecy law, but justices issued a stay that prevents the state from setting new execution dates as some inmates appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Arkansas Says It Has All Drugs Needed for Executions

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/13/2016 6:48 am

Arkansas said Tuesday that it has a new supply of a drug used for lethal injections that had expired last month, potentially clearing the way for the state to resume executions after a decade-long hiatus.

Arkansas Execution Drug Expiring, Governor Says Find More

by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press 7/1/2016 7:33 am

Arkansas' stockpile of a paralytic drug needed for the executions of eight death row inmates will expire at midnight Thursday, leaving the state without a means to resume executions for the first time in a decade.

Arkansas Court Gives OK to Execute Inmates, Upholds Secrecy

by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press 6/23/2016 9:22 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state can execute eight death row inmates using its three-drug protocol, upholding a state law that keeps information about lethal injection drugs confidential.

Death Penalty Case Latest Test for Arkansas Supreme Court (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/20/2016 7:17 am

A looming Arkansas Supreme Court decision over whether information about execution drugs should be kept secret could reveal whether the state's death penalty system is truly "broken."

Arkansas Court Rejects Lawsuit Over Campaign Finance Measure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/19/2016 3:46 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit challenging the attorney general's decision to reject the wording of a ballot measure that would impose new campaign finance and ethics restrictions on elected officials.

State Supreme Court Keeps Eye on Attorney Sanctions

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/25/2016 12:00 am

The 16 attorneys facing sanctions for abusing the federal court system in a controversial class-action case aren’t the only ones interested in what U.S. District Court Judge P.K. Holmes III will do on June 24.

Lawyers: Court Should Void Arkansas Execution Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/5/2016 6:54 am

Attorneys for death row inmates urged the Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday to toss the state's execution law, saying provisions that allow the state to withhold information about its lethal injection drugs are unconstitutional and therefore undermine the entire law.

Arkansas Supreme Court Studying Judicial Election Reforms

by Associated Press 4/1/2016 7:38 am

Arkansas' highest court has formed a committee to study judicial election reforms after a pair of state Supreme Court races that were overshadowed by record breaking spending from outside conservative groups.

Arkansas Lawmakers Split on Reforms After Court Races

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/31/2016 6:50 am

Arkansas lawmakers appeared split Wednesday on what changes, if any, are needed to how justices are chosen after conservative groups overwhelmed the state with TV ads and mailers in two state Supreme Court races this year.

Confronting Dark Money in Judicial Races (Scott C. Trotter Commentary)

by Scott C. Trotter 3/14/2016 12:00 am

We should advocate state legislation to curb the dark money abuses through spending limits and disclosure of contributors in judicial elections.

Asa Hutchinson: Arkansas Supreme Court Races Should Spur Reforms

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/2/2016 6:33 pm

Citing the record-breaking amount of spending by outside groups on two state Supreme Court races, Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he wants lawmakers to look at ending popular election of justices.

Outside Spending Grows in Arkansas Chief Justice Race

by Associated Press 2/18/2016 12:50 pm

A Washington-based group has expanded its campaign against Arkansas chief justice hopeful Courtney Goodson, spending more than half a million dollars on ads.

Courtney Goodson, Dan Kemp Each Raise More Than $100K

by Associated Press 2/17/2016 6:45 am

Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson and Circuit Judge Dan Kemp each report raising more than $100,000 last month in their heated race for Arkansas Supreme Court chief justice.

Marriage Case, Outside Ads Overshadow Race for Arkansas Chief Justice

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/14/2016 12:23 pm

A sitting justice and a veteran circuit judge are running to be Arkansas' next Supreme Court chief justice in a race that's been marked by questions about the court's handling of a gay marriage case, campaign donor influence and an outside group's television ad blitz.

State Supreme Court Race Latest Test of 'Not for Sale' Argument (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/14/2016 12:03 pm

An outside group's six-figure television ad buy against a Supreme Court chief justice hopeful is the latest sign of just how much races for the state's high court are mirroring traditional political campaigns in Arkansas.

Arkansas Supreme Court Race Pits Judge vs Little Rock Lawyer

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/7/2016 11:07 am

The race for an open seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court pits a state judge and ex-lawmaker who once advocated banning gays and lesbians from fostering and adopting children against a Little Rock lawyer who touts his lack of political experience as an asset.

Merit Selection of Arkansas Justices Gets New Look (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/31/2016 12:17 pm

The March judicial elections featuring two contested Supreme Court races won't just be a referendum on the direction voters want for the court. It could also offer a signal on whether voters even want a say in picking members of the state's highest court.

Arkansas Supreme Court Ruling Unleashes Flurry of Lawsuits

by Mark Friedman 12/14/2015 12:00 am

Just months after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down a class-action strategy that had been wildly lucrative for Keil & Goodson of Texarkana, a ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court opened up a new business opportunity.

Order for Arkansas to Release Execution Drugs Source on Hold

by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press 12/4/2015 10:52 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court granted the state's request to temporarily put on hold a mandate to turn over information about the source of its execution drugs, with the decision released about an hour before Friday's noon deadline for the disclosure.