24, Oct 2014 - Lawrence, AR Inmate beards, Facebook threats on U.S. top court's docket
Supreme Court opens on Monday a new term in which the nine justices will decide issues such as whether a Muslim prison inmate can have a beard and whether a man can be prosecuted for making threatening statements on Facebook. Arkansas inmate Gregory Holt's challenge to a state prison grooming policy will be heard on Tuesday. Holt's lawyers note that 44 state prison systems and the federal ...
24, Oct 2014 - Cross, AR In Theory: Does a prisoner have a right to facial hair?
The U.S. Supreme Court this month heard the case of Gregory Holt, a prisoner serving a life sentence in Arkansas who says he wants to grow a beard in observance of his religious beliefs. The state of Arkansas considers the converted Muslim, who now calls himself Abdul Maalik Muhammad, to be dangerous and prison officials maintain that a beard can cause a security risk. The Supreme Court is ...
24, Oct 2014 - Poinsett, AR Republican party of Arkansas files complaint against attorney general candidate
The chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas filed a complaint with the Arkansas Ethics Commission on Tuesday against an Attorney General candidate.
24, Oct 2014 - Arkansas, AR Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Religious Beard Case
The Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday in the case of a prisoner in Arkansas who says he must be allowed at least a half-inch beard or his Constitutional right to his religious practices is being violated.
24, Oct 2014 - Arkansas, AR Prison board names Norris interim chief
For 16 years, Larry Norris served as director of the Arkansas Department of Correction before retiring at the beginning of 2010. Now, at 65, Norris will return to the prison system as interim director when Director Ray Hobbs retires Oct. 31.
24, Oct 2014 - Dahlia Lithwick: Arkansas voter ID decision based on 1865 case protecting ex-Confederates' righ
Slate's incomparable legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick points out a sweet irony in the Arkansas Supreme Court' s huge decision this week that struck down the state's voter ID law: The court cited precedent in a case dating from 1865 that positively affirmed the rights of ex-Confederate soldiers to vote in Arkansas. Immediately after the war, Lithwick writes, a pro-Union Arkansas legislature ...
23, Oct 2014 - Suspect in Arkansas Realtor murder wanted to plead guilty because he wanted ‚Äėthis to be over with
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (CNN) ‚ÄĒ Arron Lewis, the suspect in the slaying of Arkansas realtor Beverly Carter, emerged from a courthouse Tuesday and told reporters that he pleaded not guilty at the request of his lawyer but wanted to plead guilty because he just wanted ‚Äúthis to be over with,‚ÄĚ video from CNN affiliate KARK [‚Ä¶]
23, Oct 2014 - UPDATE: Republicans complain about Nate Steel work for city of Nashville
The Arkansas Republican Party today said it would file a lawsuit and ethics complaint over the arrangement by which state Rep. Nate Steel, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, contracts to do city attorney work for the city of Nashville. It looks like more of a political than a substantial legal ploy. The Arkansas Times wasn't invited to the news conference so I only have the GOP release ...
23, Oct 2014 - Busy day at Arkansas Supreme Court, with alcohol, minimum wage on schedule
The Arkansas Supreme Court was busy today, both with opinions, scheduling in the same-sex marriage case and a list of oral arguments that included whether a local option alcohol question will be allowed in Saline County and whether a proposal to increase the minimum wage will make the statewide ballot. I'm seeking some insight on how arguments went on Saline alcohol and the minimum wage. In both ...
23, Oct 2014 - Benton, AR Escaped Arkansas inmate caught near Fouke
FOUKE ‚ÄĒ Arkansas prison officials say they have caught an escaped inmate who walked away from a work crew last week. A spokeswoman for the Department of Community Correction said officers caught 35-year-old Jeremy Pifer on Wednesday hiding in a shed near Fouke in southwestern Arkansas.
23, Oct 2014 - Suspect in real estate agent killing: ‚ÄėBecause she was a rich broker‚Äô
UPDATED 9/30/2014 12:04 P.M. LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas New information in the case of the missing real estate agent found dead in a shallow grave. Arron Lewis, the suspect in the abduction and slaying of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, told reporters Tuesday that he pleaded not guilty to the charges only because his lawyer [‚Ä¶]
23, Oct 2014 - Fayetteville, AR Batchelor honored
Western Arkansas Trial Practice Seminar honored Van Buren Attorney Fines Batchelor Friday morning with a $10,000 gift to the University of Arkansas School of Law in his honor. From left are School of Law Dean Stacy Leeds, Judge Jim Spears and Batchelor.
23, Oct 2014 - Arkansas Supreme Court rules to expedite gay marriage case
The Arkansas Supreme Court has agreed to move quickly on a case challenging the state's gay marriage ban. A spokesperson says oral arguments may begin before the end of the year.¬†
23, Oct 2014 - Court will expedite Arkansas gay marriage case
LITTLE ROCK ‚ÄĒ Arkansas' highest court has agreed to move quickly on a case challenging the state's gay marriage ban.
23, Oct 2014 - Benton, AR Escaped inmate caught
FOUKE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas prison officials say they have caught an escaped inmate who walked away from a work crew last week. A spokeswoman for the Department of Community Correction said officers caught 35-year-old Jeremy Pifer on Wednesday hiding in a shed near Fouke in southwestern Arkansas.