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Government & Politics

Judge Rejects Lawuit Over Arkansas Absentee Ballot Rejections

A federal judge on Monday rejected an effort to require Arkansas election officials to give absentee voters a chance to correct their ballots before they’re rejected due to signature issues. read more >
David Couch, author of Arkansas’ medical marijuana amendment.
Government & Politics

Judge Eases Arkansas Petition Rules for Redistricting Group

U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes has eased some petition rules for an Arkansas group trying to get a redistricting measure on the ballot, but declined to delay the deadline for submitting the petitions because of the coronavirus pandemic. read more >
John Goodson
Legal

Federal Judge Sets Hearing on Threat to Sanction Goodson, Taylor, Others

A hearing in which attorneys in a controversial class-action case can try to talk U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes out of imposing sanctions has been scheduled for 10 a.m. on Feb. 19 at the federal courthouse in Fort Smith. read more >
Isaac Parker Federal Courthouse in Fort Smith
Legal

Legal Digest Brought Up During Smiley Sentencing

There isn’t usually a lot of levity during court hearings, especially when a defendant is there to plead guilty to something such as felony bank fraud, like Dennis Smiley Jr. did on Aug. 25. read more >
Dennis Smiley Jr. and a long list of lenders.
Banking & Finance / Investments / Legal / Public Companies / Real Estate

‘Living Beyond His Means’ Catches Up With Dennis Smiley Jr.

Henry Dennis Smiley Jr. — the Jr. matters in this case — pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of bank fraud. But the plea agreement identifies 23 banks as his victims, and that doesn’t include Arvest Bank, which had trusted him to be president of its Benton County market. read more >
Dennis Smiley, as a trustee of the Jones Trust of Springdale, participated in the March 2013 groundbreaking ceremony for the Webb Memorial Children Park on the campus of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. Smiley resigned from the trust's board last month.
Banking & Finance / Legal

Update: Dennis Smiley Jr. Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

H. Dennis Smiley Jr., the former president of Arvest Bank's Benton County market, waived indictment and pleaded guilty to defrauding 20 banks out of more than $4 million. read more >
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Best Quotes of 2014

They said it: The best quotes of the year. read more >
Brandon Barber will serve 60- and 65-month sentences concurrently.
Banking & Finance / Legal / Real Estate

Character References Help Brandon Barber Elude 20-Year Sentence

When it came to sentencing in federal court, Brandon Barber could have had the book thrown at him. But facing U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes last Tuesday, he still had some things going for him. read more >
Brandon Barber

Brandon Barber Should Serve About 20 Years, Feds Say

Brandon Barber’s day of reckoning approaches — he’s scheduled for sentencing in Fort Smith on Aug. 13 — and federal prosecutors think the bankrupt northwest Arkansas real estate developer should spend a very, very long time in prison. read more >
Brandon Barber
Banking & Finance / Construction / Government & Politics / Legal / Real Estate

Brandon Barber Should Serve About 20 Years, Feds Say

Brandon Barber’s day of reckoning approaches — he’s scheduled for sentencing in Fort Smith on Aug. 13 — and federal prosecutors think the bankrupt northwest Arkansas real estate developer should spend a very, very long time in prison. read more >
Banking & Finance / Construction / Legal / Real Estate

Trials For Barber, 4 Co-Defendants Delayed

Trials for former northwest Arkansas real estate developer Brandon Barber and his four co-defendants have been delayed. read more >