21, Dec 2014 - Judges OK Gay Marriage in Arkansas and Mississippi
Federal judges have struck down same-sex marriage bans in Mississippi and Arkansas, opening the way to gay nuptials in the Deep South.
21, Dec 2014 - Searcy, AR Marriage plaintiffs petition McDaniel to drop appeal
As announced yesterday, plaintiffs in the state case challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage presented a petition to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today urging him to drop an appeal of a federal district judge's decision striking down the ban. Circuit Judge Chris Piazza invalidated the ban in a separate state suit, the appeal of which could be decided this week by the Arkansas ...
21, Dec 2014 - UPDATE: No Supreme Court decision today on same-sex marriage
UPDATE: Opinions are out. No decision today on the marriage case. From earlier this morning: The Arkansas Supreme Court customarily releases decisions on Thursday. It's been three weeks since oral arguments in the state's appeal of Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. There's no time limit for making a decision after arguments. Most court ...
21, Dec 2014 - Benton, AR 3 arrested in Medicaid fraud investigations, McDaniel says
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says health care workers in Benton, Craighead and Mississippi counties have been arrested in separate Medicaid fraud investigations.
21, Dec 2014 - Stephens, AR U.S. attorney moves to dismiss remaining charges against Martha Shoffner
U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer filed a motion in federal district court today asking a judge to dismiss the remaining charges against former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner . Shoffner, convicted earlier of taking bribes from a bond salesman, still faced charges of converting $9,800 in campaign contributions to personal use, such as clothing and cosmetics. Those are the charges that would be ...
21, Dec 2014 - Arkansas, AR Crime and punishment on legislative agenda this morning
Judiciary and state agencies legislative committees are meeting at the Capitol this morning on prison and parole topics, as well as a report on "tort reform" rules. Among the material to be discussed is a report from the Arkansas Department of Community Correction . Off the top: They need more parole officers to reduce the existing caseload â€” 71 more the first year and eventually hitting 200 ...
21, Dec 2014 - Chamber head expects challenges over amendment
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The head of Arkansas' largest business lobbying group said he expects court challenges to try and clarify key parts of a voter-approved constitutional amendment that imposes new ethics restrictions on lawmakers and loosens term limits. Speaking at a panel discussion on the impact ...
21, Dec 2014 - Stephens, AR UPDATE: Judge dismisses remaining charges against Martha Shoffner
Chuck Banks, attorney for Martha Shoffner, today speedily supported a motion by the U.S. attorney to dismiss 10 charges remaining against the former Arkansas treasurer. Not long after, Judge Leon Holmes dismissed the charges and ordered a pre-sentencing report by the federal probation office. Earlier, Banks filed a motion that said: Defendant Martha Shoffner welcomes and is grateful for the ...
21, Dec 2014 - Arkansas, AR Circuit courts in Arkansas owed millions in fines
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Millions of dollars in fines, costs and restitution from felony criminal cases are owed to circuit courts throughout Arkansas.
21, Dec 2014 - Stephens, AR Hearing officer appointed in treasurer's office cases at Securities Commission
Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure has appointed North Little Rock lawyer Jack Pruniski as a hearing officer to hear two cases growing out of controversial dealings between former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner and an A rkansas securities firm. Pruniski, a partner in the firm of Hilburn, Calhoon, Harper, Pruniski and Calhoun, will consider a case against Steele Stephens , a ...
21, Dec 2014 - Arkansas, Mississippi overturn gay marriage bans
Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states Tuesday to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can consider appeals.
21, Dec 2014 - Volokh Conspiracy: Mississippi and Arkansas district courts strike down state marriage exclusions
The Sixth Circuit's rejection of constitutional claims for gay marriage is not being followed, and a district court finds animus in the Mississippi marriage ban.
21, Dec 2014 - Little Rock, AR Same-sex marriage bans in Mississippi, Arkansas overturned
Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states Tuesday to have their same-sex marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can consider appeals.
20, Dec 2014 - Federal judge overturns Arkansas' ban on gay marriage
U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled Tuesday in favor of a pair of same-sex couples who had challenged the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
20, Dec 2014 - Little Rock, AR Arkansas Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Same-Sex Marriage Case
LITTLE ROCK â€” Arkansasâ€™ highest court heard oral arguments Thursday, but did not immediately issue a ruling, in a lawsuit challenging the stateâ€™s ban on same-sex marriage.