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17 lawyers facing hearing on ethics

By Lisa Hammersly

This article was published February 15, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.

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John Goodson and Courtney Hudson Goodson are shown in this photo.

FORT SMITH -- As many as 17 lawyers -- plus their lawyers -- are scheduled to gather in a federal courtroom Thursday for an unusual hearing involving legal ethics, court-forum shopping and multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuits.

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libertas2u says... February 15, 2016 at 8:58 a.m.

Yet another reason not to elect Goodson as Chief Justice or electing judges period.

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PopulistMom says... February 15, 2016 at 9:07 a.m.

Hmmm. Me thinks that Judge Holmes may be overreaching on this. It will be interesting to see what happens on appeal.

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JakeTidmore says... February 15, 2016 at 9:38 a.m.

Ditto the sentiments, bts2. I posted an article a week or so back showing that complaints about ethics are very common in states where judges are elected.
If Courtney is as weaselly as her hubby, then being a judge is the last profession she should be in. Bad kharma, Mrs. G.

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LR1955 says... February 15, 2016 at 12:16 p.m.

These folks are Loop hole lawyers, exploitation of the law's loopholes. I hope they get their just due.

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Delta2 says... February 15, 2016 at 1:51 p.m.

Anyone notice the skull and crossbones on the left side of Goodson's bowtie? Seems kind of appropriate.

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SnowLion says... February 15, 2016 at 2:29 p.m.

@Delta2 Great catch on skull and crossbones. That is a symbol of death and piracy. It does seem appropriate.

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DuckDuckGoose says... February 15, 2016 at 3:37 p.m.

I had not seen that photo before. It is odd how Courtney Goodson is starting to look more and more like John Goodson. Shared guilt produces similar countenances. The outcome of this hearing will depend on behind the scenes political machinations. Senators Cotton and Boozman control Obama's judicial nominations in Arkansas, which are DOA right now. Goodson now has heavy influence over Senator Cotton. In my opinion, this is the deal being brokered: Let Goodson and his buddies avoid sanctions in exchange for one or two judicial nominations going through. It should be easy to tell if a deal has been cut at the time of the hearing. If the Judge is quiet and doesn't ask a lot of questions, a deal has been cut and nothing will happen. If the judge is aggressive and puts Goodson on the stand under oath, no deal has been cut. That's how you read what is going to happen. Can you imagine Goodson giving sworn testimony?

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USAACustomer says... February 15, 2016 at 4:26 p.m.

Dear Judge, there is a great man and lawyer named Robert Trammel trying to stop this travesty by fighting this in the courts in Arkansas state. But, the rules are stacked against him because there is no way for him to appeal the case in Arkansas courts. Arkansas completely stops any victim from appealing the case and that is why lawyers went to that court. Please help us and stop this unfairness because even a great lawyer like Robert Trammell can't when the courts in Arkansas only benefit the lawyers. Judge, only you can help.

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outinthesticks says... February 15, 2016 at 4:41 p.m.

I have always assumed the words "lawyer" and "ethics" did not belong in the same sentence.

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carpenterretired says... February 15, 2016 at 4:59 p.m.

As to the skull and crossbones perhaps a gift from the NRA when they endorse .

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