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Ad push to seek plaintiffs in Marlboro tobacco suit

posted: 05/24/2015 3:19 a.m. Discuss

An advertising campaign will begin soon to let Marlboro Lights smokers who bought the cigarettes in Arkansas during a nearly 39-year period know they can apply to join a 12-year-old lawsuit that accuses the manufacturer of deliberately exaggerating the safety of the brand.

Parolee who killed gets life term

updated: 05/22/2015 4:09 a.m. Discuss

Convicted of capital murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping, a gum-chewing Darrell Dennis quietly received the resulting lifetime prison sentence with no expression Thursday.

Order ends state's 8-year Risperdal suit

posted: 05/22/2015 3:23 a.m. Discuss

A three-sentence order signed Thursday by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox ends almost eight years of state litigation against one of the world's largest drug companies over one of the world's most popular medications.

Client is a 'sacrificial lamb' in murder case, lawyer says

posted: 05/21/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Darrell Dennis is the "sacrificial lamb" being offered up by authorities desperate to blame someone for the slaying of a Fayetteville teenager shot dead on a Little Rock street almost two years ago, Dennis' lawyer told a Pulaski County jury Wednesday.

Eight-time absconder on trial in killing

posted: 05/20/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

An eight-time parole absconder who sparked a legislative overhaul of Arkansas' early release programs for convicts goes on trial today in the killing of an 18-year-old Fayetteville man two years ago.

Second man in '12 killing pleads guilty to murder

posted: 05/20/2015 3:10 a.m. Discuss

The second of two men accused of a 2012 Little Rock slaying pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Thursday.

Suit: Dwellings ruining LR area

posted: 05/20/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock authorities have petitioned a Pulaski County circuit judge to take control of a city apartment complex they say is so poorly maintained that it is ruining the neighborhood where it's located.

Drugmaker out $7.8M, allays state

posted: 05/19/2015 3:44 a.m. Discuss

Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay about $7.8 million to settle a 71/2-year-old lawsuit by the state over how the company had marketed its popular anti-psychotic Risperdal to Arkansas doctors, according to court filings on Monday.

Paroled killer gets 20 years for robbery, gun possession

posted: 05/17/2015 3:23 a.m. Comment 1

A 38-year-old Little Rock man who robbed a convenience store while on parole for murder accepted a 20-year sentence for the holdup Thursday.

Court allows blood sample in DUI battery case

posted: 05/16/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

A blood sample taken from a 68-year-old Little Rock man accused of striking a group of joggers was legally obtained by police, a Pulaski County circuit judge has ruled.

Ex-lawman gets 15-year sentence

posted: 05/08/2015 2:09 a.m. Comment 1

A former lawman who said he is incapable of intercourse and has been that way for years was convicted of sex crimes on Thursday and sentenced to 15 years in prison after a two-day trial.

Suspect's defense: Not capable of sex

posted: 05/07/2015 3:24 a.m. Discuss

The attorney for a former lawman told a Pulaski County jury Wednesday that her client is not physically capable of the sex crimes he's accused of committing.

State's shield plea denied in school-funding lawsuit

posted: 05/06/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza rejected arguments from state lawyers Tuesday that sovereign immunity shields Arkansas from a lawsuit challenging the state's school-funding system and should be dismissed.

Taylor returns to court

posted: 04/28/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Boxer Jermain Taylor can leave his rehabilitation program once a week to attend church as long as he is accompanied by his counselor and does not socialize there, a Pulaski County circuit judge ruled on Monday.

Follower of Tony Alamo sued

posted: 04/24/2015 3:08 a.m. Discuss

An insurance company is suing a follower of imprisoned evangelist Tony Alamo to get a Pulaski County circuit judge to declare it has no responsibility to pay court judgments against the Fouke man's homeowner's policy that are based on accusations that he participated in the abuse of a dozen children, all of them members of Alamo's ministry.

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