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Gilbert Baker
Government & Politics / Legal

Prosecutors Ask to Drop Charges Against Gilbert Baker

He was set to go on trial Nov. 8. read more >

Newshound Max Brantley Nears the End of His Trail

Meanwhile, the Arkansas Times has announced two new hires, including veteran reporter Debra Hale-Shelton. read more >
Gilbert Baker
Government & Politics / Legal

October Retrial Set for Gilbert Baker

A federal judge has scheduled the retrial of a former Arkansas state senator on bribery and fraud charges for the first week of October. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Arkansas Reports 42 New Virus Deaths, Hospitalizations Spike

Arkansas reported 42 new COVID-19 deaths Monday and its biggest one-day spike in coronavirus hospitalizations since the pandemic began. read more >
Benton County Judge John Scott is ready to hear court cases in person after the winding down of pandemic restrictions.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Courts Tackle Cases Delayed by PandemicLock Icon

The Arkansas Supreme Court said jury trials could resume at the beginning of May, meaning a stack of criminal cases finally have their chance to see resolution. read more >
Gilbert Baker
Government & Politics

Gilbert Baker Must Face Jury, Federal Judge Rules

Former State Sen. Gilbert Baker of Conway will "most definitely" be going to trial, his lawyer says, but he will be tried by a jury rather than by a federal judge alone. read more >
Gilbert Baker
Government & Politics

Gilbert Baker’s Bribery Trial Moved to April 2020

A federal judge has delayed the trial of a former Arkansas lawmaker accused of conspiring to bribe a judge who has acknowledged lowering a jury's award in a negligence lawsuit in exchange for campaign contributions. read more >
Jim Hendren
Legal

Arkansas Grapples with Ethics Cleanup Amid Federal Probes

Arkansas has had its share of notable corruption cases over the years, including when the governor who succeeded Bill Clinton was convicted in a Whitewater-related probe and when a state treasurer was caught accepting bribes stashed in pie boxes. read more >
Gilbert Baker
Government & Politics / Legal

Trial of Ex-lawmaker Charged in Bribery Scheme Delayed

The trial of a former Arkansas lawmaker accused of conspiring to bribe a judge who acknowledged lowering a jury's award in a negligence lawsuit in exchange for campaign contributions has been delayed until October. read more >
Gilbert Baker
Government & Politics

Gilbert Baker Pleads Not Guilty in Bribery Scheme

A former Arkansas lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to bribe an ex-judge who admitted to lowering a jury's award in a negligence lawsuit in exchange for campaign contributions. read more >
Gilbert Baker
Government & Politics

Blake Hendrix Appointed to Represent Gilbert Baker in Bribery Case

An attorney has been appointed to represent a former Arkansas lawmaker facing federal charges in what prosecutors say was a bribery scheme with an ex-judge. read more >
Gilbert Baker
Government & Politics / Health Care

Former State Sen. Gilbert Baker Indicted on Corruption Charges

Former State Sen. Gilbert Baker has been indicted on federal corruption charges in case that has already sent a former Faulkner County circuit judge to prison. read more >
From left: former state Sen. Gilbert Baker of Conway, Michael Morton, former Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal / Media & Marketing

Politics as Usual? (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

The reporting that uncovered Maggio’s corruption and the reporting that continues to reveal the tentacles of improper influence have been a great service to the state. read more >
Legal

Prosecutors: Maggio Failed Lie Detector, Revealed New Details

Former Judge Mike Maggio tried to withdraw his guilty plea only after he failed a lie-detector test and then disclosed "substantial" new details of the bribery than he had previously revealed, prosecutors said Friday. read more >
Michael Lamoureux
Government & Politics / Legal / Nonprofits

Appearances Matter II (Editorial)

Michael Lamoureux, the former state senator who is now Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s chief of staff, has some explaining to do. read more >
Michael Lamoureux
Government & Politics

Michael Lamoureux Defends $120K from Lobbyist-Funded Group

The former president of the Arkansas Senate broke his silence Thursday about receiving $120,000 in consulting fees from a group largely funded by lobbyists and their clients while he led the Senate. read more >
Michael Lamoureux
Government & Politics

Ex-Arkansas Senate Leader Michael Lamoureux Got $120K from Group

While leading the Arkansas Senate, former Sen. Michael Lamoureux received $120,000 in consulting fees from a political nonprofit that was largely funded by some of the state's top lobbying firms and their clients. read more >
Fort Smith nursing home magnate Michael Morton said he tells people he’s in business to provide quality care for the elderly.
Construction / Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal / Real Estate

Nursing Home King Michael Morton Expanding His Empire

Even though Michael Morton has been hit by shrapnel from former Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio’s bribery scandal, the Fort Smith nursing home magnate is pushing forward with plans to expand his empire. read more >
From left: former state Sen. Gilbert Baker of Conway, Michael Morton, former Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Nursing Home Magnate Michael Morton Considered a Top Political Donor

Nursing home magnate Michael Morton has long been considered a go-to guy for those looking to raise political campaign money in Arkansas. read more >
Morton Hall, named after Michael Morton, serves Arkansas Tech-Ozark students in Russellville.
Education / Health Care

Michael Morton Has Been Giving to Schools for Years

Morton, who has been in the nursing home industry for more than 40 years and has 27 nursing homes in Arkansas, said education has always been a passion. read more >