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DWI gets judge sanction; panel backs reinstatement

posted: 04/26/2017 3:25 a.m. Discuss

A state judicial commission publicly censured Circuit Judge William Pearson on Tuesday for actions that led to his arrest for drunken and reckless driving.

Played crucified Jesus during death-penalty protest outside Arkansas Governor's Mansion, judge says

posted: 04/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 14

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen said Wednesday that he was portraying a crucified Jesus on Good Friday as he lay strapped on a cot during a death-penalty protest outside the Governor's Mansion.

Conway program gives aid on taxes

posted: 04/17/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY — Faulkner County resident Jennifer Morgan was behind on filing her income-tax returns — three years behind, counting the ones for 2016.

Program gives aid on taxes

posted: 04/16/2017 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Faulkner County resident Jennifer Morgan was behind on filing her income-tax returns -- three years behind, counting the ones for 2016.

Need new judge for appeal of battery conviction, says former Arkansas officer's filing

posted: 04/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A lawyer for a fired sheriff's deputy has insisted that the former officer's appeal be handled in a different judge's courtroom than it normally would have been.

Former Arkansas deputy sentenced in kicking of arrestee

updated: 04/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- A judge sentenced a former Faulkner County sheriff's deputy who was fired for using excessive force to 90 days in jail Friday.

Former Arkansas judge free more than a year while case on appeal

updated: 04/03/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

More than a year after Michael Maggio was sentenced to prison for bribery, the ousted judge remains free during a lengthy appeal process.

Complaints against judge dismissed

posted: 03/29/2017 3:23 a.m. Discuss

A state commission advised Circuit Judge Tom Hughes on Tuesday that it has dismissed "multiple complaints" against him but cautioned him to avoid "even the appearance of impropriety."

Arkansas doctor's office searches upheld; sex-assault case evidence allowed

updated: 03/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- A judge has denied a Conway physician's request to suppress evidence obtained as a result of two search warrants in the rape and sexual-assault case against him.

After prosecutor found city in Arkansas ran speed trap, rebuttal says law, figures fuzzy

posted: 03/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

Statistics used by the Arkansas State Police and cited in a prosecutor's ruling that the town of Damascus runs a speed trap were inaccurate, the city attorney said in a response released late Wednesday.

Youth program fits like a glove

posted: 03/19/2017 3 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- The dozen or so young men started the evening with 35 jumping jacks, did burpees and jumped rope along the way, and ended with helmets, boxing gloves and a pep talk.

City's tech director placed on paid leave; prosecutor seeks Arkansas State Police probe

posted: 03/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A prosecutor said Tuesday that she plans to ask the Arkansas State Police to investigate the city of Searcy's information technology director, who was placed on leave last week until further notice.

Newcomer to state, UCA chief settles in

updated: 03/12/2017 4:01 a.m. Discuss

When Houston Davis became the 11th president of the University of Central Arkansas, he brought youth and experience but no Arkansas ties to the job.

Arkansas judge finds ex-deputy guilty in battery case

posted: 03/11/2017 2:49 a.m. Comment 1

A judge on Friday found a former Faulkner County sheriff's deputy who was fired for using "excessive force" during an arrest in 2015 guilty of third-degree battery.

8th Circuit panel hears sides as former Arkansas judge tries to undo plea

posted: 03/09/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

As Michael Maggio sat in a St. Louis courtroom, his attorney acknowledged the difficulties in defending a former judge who now says he was "strong-armed" into pleading guilty to a federal bribery charge.

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