posted: 12/13/2013 5:32 a.m.
Arkansas has an overriding interest in encouraging men and women to channel their “procreative power” into stable unions, a government lawyer said Thursday as he called on a Pulaski County circuit judge to strike down the lawsuit challenging a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
posted: 12/13/2013 5:16 a.m.
A 26-year-old North Little Rock man who told police he abandoned a woman “butterball naked” outside an empty house after breaking a promise to pay her for sex was sentenced to life in prison Thursday by a jury that convicted him of kidnapping.
posted: 12/11/2013 3:24 a.m.
Two teens accused in back-to-back North Little Rock home-invasion robberies that authorities suspect were an attempt to collect on a drug debt were ordered Tuesday to stand trial as adults.
posted: 12/10/2013 3:23 a.m.
A 49-year-old North Little Rock man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for crushing a hospital security guard’s leg with a police car.
posted: 12/10/2013 3:22 a.m.
Alexander will have to settle for cash instead of its repossessed firetruck because it’s been sold, said the lawyer for the Illinois financier the city has been feuding with over ownership of the 6-ton engine.
posted: 12/10/2013 3:20 a.m.
New restrictions on Arkansas’ constitutionally guaranteed petition process do more to terrorize community activists than they do to protect voters from fraud, lawyers challenging the new law claimed Monday in the final round of court filings.
posted: 12/08/2013 1:46 a.m.
A Little Rock man serving a 40-year sentence for first-degree murder and working mostly without a lawyer has gotten his 2006 conviction overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court on the grounds that his trial attorney was wrong not to have tested what turned out to be the murder weapon.
posted: 12/07/2013 3:27 a.m.
Defense attorney Bill James’ challenge to a $25,000 contempt-of-court fine has the potential to allow the introduction of previously restricted evidence into the third manslaughter trial of fired Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings.
posted: 12/06/2013 2:23 a.m.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is suing a self-proclaimed Arizona-based veterans charity, claiming its efforts to solicit contributions in Northwest Arkansas are misleading to donors.
posted: 12/05/2013 4:52 a.m.
New regulations affecting how Arkansas voters can circumvent the Legislature to directly enact laws are designed to protect the integrity of the petition process, a goal that Act 1413’s critics agree with, defenders of the measure contend in the latest round of court filings.
posted: 12/05/2013 4:46 a.m.
A Pulaski County circuit judge on Wednesday suspended Arkansas State Medical Board-imposed sanctions against a Sherwood doctor until the judge can determine whether the penalties are warranted.
posted: 12/04/2013 4:27 a.m.
Prosecutors are trying to illegally smear a North Little Rock man with accusations that he is a repeat rapist, the man’s defense attorney said in pleadings a week ahead of his client’s second rape trial this year.
posted: 12/02/2013 4:39 a.m.
Even after paying more than $2.2 billion last month to settle federal criminal and civil investigations into its marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, Johnson & Johnson still faces hefty fines in state courts, including Arkansas. The drugmaker is appealing to the Arkansas Supreme Court a $1.2 billion fine — the state’s largest — imposed in a Medicaid-fraud lawsuit brought by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel over the labeling and some direct-marketing of Risperdal.
posted: 11/20/2013 5:15 a.m.
A Little Rock man responsible for a fatal hit and-run must regularly help tend the cemetery where the 15-year-old victim is buried or face the possibility of prison time.
posted: 11/20/2013 5:06 a.m.
A 48-year-old Little Rock man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing an elderly neighbor.
posted: 11/19/2013 4:34 a.m.
A Pulaski County jury will get to hear how a Jacksonville man described losing control of his van before running over and killing a firefighter, a circuit judge ruled Monday.
posted: 11/16/2013 4:57 a.m.
A voter’s signature on a petition attempting to create a new law should be treated with the same sanctity as a vote, an advocate for citizen-initiated legislation told a Pulaski County circuit judge Friday.
posted: 11/15/2013 4:47 a.m.
One Arkansas voter apparently liked the idea of placing a tax on natural gas to pay for road repair so much that he signed a petition 33 times to get the issue before voters.
posted: 11/13/2013 4:50 a.m.
A math professor who claims a smear campaign will keep him from becoming a department head at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock saw his libel lawsuit against critical colleagues narrowly survive its first legal challenge on Tuesday.
posted: 11/09/2013 3:51 a.m.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Friday formally granted class-action status to a deceptive-trade practices lawsuit against the manufacturer of Marlboro Lights cigarettes, a move that has the potential to create Arkansas’ largest plaintiffs pool ever, with possibly more than a million litigants.
posted: 11/09/2013 3:38 a.m.
A Little Rock woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for fatally injuring an elderly pedestrian in an impaired-driving crash in which Julia Blackwell veered off a west Little Rock street, traveled along several hundred feet of sidewalk and struck the man.
posted: 11/09/2013 3:32 a.m.
A 34-year-old North Carolina woman accused of drug trafficking in Arkansas was shot to death near her hometown this week.
posted: 11/08/2013 2:45 a.m.
Accused of killing a 79-year-old pedestrian, Julia Blackwell was either a driver so out of control on drugs that she couldn’t keep her car on the road or she was a traumatized accident victim tormented by bullying police, a Pulaski County jury heard Thursday, the first day of the 32-year-old Little Rock woman’s trial.
posted: 11/06/2013 12:41 a.m.
A 20-year-old North Little Rock man with paranoid schizophrenia who told police he fatally stabbed a friend to “sacrifice” him was acquitted on mental-health grounds Tuesday for the slaying.
posted: 11/05/2013 4:36 a.m.
Alexander should get its repossessed firetruck back as soon as possible, a judge in Pulaski County Circuit Court ordered Monday.
posted: 11/02/2013 3:59 a.m.
Federal prosecutors on Friday paid $12,702 in sanctions ordered over a year ago by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen rather than face a court-ordered $300-a-day fine.
posted: 11/02/2013 3:55 a.m.
Pulaski County has illegally sold Central Arkansas Water the authority to enforce its zoning laws through a mutual-aid agreement to protect Lake Maumelle water quality, a lawyer suing the entities told a Pulaski County Circuit judge on Friday.
posted: 10/31/2013 4:43 a.m.
The General Assembly was well within its authority to enact measures to “root out sloppy practices and outright fraud in the complicated business of bringing initiative and referendum petitions to a vote” when lawmakers approved Act 1413 of 2013, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel claims in response to an ACLU-backed lawsuit that disputes the legality of the law.
posted: 10/30/2013 12:48 a.m.
Pillowcases that match the bedspread wrapped around a dead woman link a 36-year-old Wrightsville man to the July slaying, a Pulaski County sheriff’s deputy testified Tuesday.
posted: 10/29/2013 5:32 a.m.
A former juror whose sudden withdrawal from an armed robbery trial last month caused a mistrial was sentenced to 10 days in jail on Monday by a Pulaski County Circuit judge who said her excuses were self-serving and unbelievable.
posted: 10/29/2013 12:37 a.m.
Lt. Gov. Mark Darr is not entitled to redact his personal cellphone number from state billing records, a critic of the Springdale Republican’s administration claims in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed Monday.
posted: 10/29/2013 12:36 a.m.
A former Mount St. Mary Academy teacher and coach who sexually abused an underage student then disobeyed a court order against contacting her was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday, three days after the victim turned 20.
posted: 10/25/2013 5:01 a.m.
Asked to choose between two depictions of Andrew Montgomery “Andy” Holland, a Pulaski County jury sided with prosecutors Thursday who called the convicted sex offender a force of destruction who left broken men in his wake.
posted: 10/24/2013 12:53 a.m.
Two men who have accused a 49-year-old Little Rock man of molesting them as boys struggled to describe the purported assaults to a jury Wednesday, the second day of the convicted sex offender’s trial.
posted: 10/23/2013 4:51 a.m.
Attorneys for a convicted child molester on trial on new sexual-assault charges told a Pulaski County jury Tuesday that the accusers are troubled teenagers who are taking advantage of the man’s criminal past to divert attention from their own bad behavior.
posted: 10/23/2013 12:09 a.m.
A lawsuit claiming that Philip Morris USA deliberately exaggerated the safety of its Marlboro Lights brands was approved to proceed Tuesday — pending an Arkansas Supreme Court review — on behalf of everyone who purchased those cigarettes in the state over a 38-year period.
posted: 10/22/2013 12:10 a.m.
A 32-year-old Little Rock mother of five was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday after admitting to fatally stabbing the father of her youngest child during an argument in December 2011.
posted: 10/18/2013 3:01 a.m.
A Little Rock woman convicted last week of three felony counts of aggravated assault was released from jail on Monday after five days behind bars when her attorneys convinced the judge he did not have the authority to incarcerate her.
posted: 10/17/2013 4:44 a.m.
A Pulaski County jury on Tuesday cleared a 54-year-old Little Rock driver of criminal wrongdoing regarding a collision that critically injured a 6-year-old bicyclist last year.
posted: 10/17/2013 4:42 a.m.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza will consider the fate of a lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage at a Dec. 12 hearing.
posted: 10/17/2013 4:41 a.m.
Arkansas will receive $250,000 of an $11 million settlement paid out this week to 47 states by a Connecticut-based promoter of online discount clubs over complaints that the company and two subsidiaries misled customers into signing up and paying for club memberships.
posted: 10/17/2013 12:49 a.m.
On his 41st birthday Wednesday, a Little Rock man found responsible at trial last week for a January 2001 rape and armed robbery rampage was sentenced to 495 years in prison, a sentence that will require him to serve almost 340 years before he can qualify for parole.
posted: 10/11/2013 2:44 a.m.
A judge in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Monday ordered a former Little Rock woman into state custody to undergo a mental evaluation despite the objections of her lawyer, who argued the process violated her constitutional rights.
posted: 10/11/2013 2:40 a.m.
A 40-year-old Little Rock man was sentenced to at least 80 years in prison Thursday for a trio of home-invasion rapes that terrified Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood more than a decade ago.
posted: 10/11/2013 2:25 a.m.
Four days after his 21st birthday, a North Little Rock man accepted a 40-year prison sentence for murder and armed robbery.
posted: 10/10/2013 4:43 a.m.
In frustration, a 50-year old woman tearfully clawed at the air Wednesday as she struggled to recall — to the precise demands of the law — the details of how she was raped at gunpoint in her Little Rock bedroom by an intruder 12 years ago.
posted: 10/09/2013 4:44 a.m.
With prosecutors promising that DNA links a Little Rock man to a trio of 2001 rape-robberies, the defendant’s attorney called on Pulaski County jurors to be skeptical of the accusations, warning that forensic evidence had been mishandled and misread.
posted: 10/08/2013 4:22 a.m.
An August 2012 Little Rock shooting that killed one man and wounded another could have been an effort at witness intimidation, a prosecutor said at a bail hearing Monday for the man accused of the shooting.
posted: 10/04/2013 5:01 a.m.
A Pulaski County Circuit judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit by six retired state troopers who are suing the 52-year-old Arkansas State Police Retirement System over how interest rates on benefits are calculated.
posted: 10/03/2013 4:42 a.m.
A state-court lawsuit aimed at ending Arkansas’ prohibitions on same-sex marriage has been reworked in its fourth version to rely more on federal law than state law as the basis for its challenge to the ban.