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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.

Unions lose bid to return to table

posted: 04/22/2015 3:24 a.m. Discuss

A 2013 Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that bars unions at the Pulaski County Special School District from suing the state Department of Education for terminating their contracts also bars them from continuing litigation against the district in an effort to restore the unions' negotiating authority, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Post-funeral killing draws 32-year term

posted: 04/22/2015 3:19 a.m. Discuss

A Little Rock man who killed a man he believed was involved in the homicide of a friend was sentenced to 32 years in prison Tuesday after Pulaski County Circuit Judge Leon Johnson said the defendant had not fully taken responsibility for what he'd done. Prosecutors called the killing of 19-year-old Kegan Bernard Hilliard an "assassination."

Judge revokes LR man's bail, seeing release as 'safety issue'

posted: 04/21/2015 3:08 a.m. Comment 1

Citing concerns for public safety, a Pulaski County circuit judge revoked the bail Monday of a 30-year-old Little Rock man who police say can be seen in a surveillance video shooting two men earlier this month.

$143,000 awarded in malpractice suit

posted: 04/19/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

A Pulaski County jury awarded a Knoxville woman $143,784 in damages against a Little Rock attorney she accused of negligence for allowing a rogue member of his law firm to handle litigation for her.

5 in marriage-license suit ask to swap judges

posted: 04/19/2015 2:31 a.m. Discuss

Gay plaintiffs suing to force Arkansas officials to recognize the validity of their state-issued marriage licenses want Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza to preside over the proceedings, according to a petition filed Friday by the group's lawyer.

Library '08 tax refund is OK'd

updated: 04/17/2015 11:43 p.m. Discuss

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox approved a plan Friday to redress $3.2 million in illegally collected property-tax revenue, ending almost seven years of litigation over a tax increase that benefited the Central Arkansas Library System.

Identification allowed in ex-officer's case

posted: 04/18/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Barry Sims on Thursday rejected an attempt by a former Jacksonville police officer, accused of threatening a pair of Little Rock teenagers at gunpoint, to challenge the teens' identification of him as their assailant.

Gay plaintiffs seek having Piazza to hear new suit

posted: 04/18/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- Gay plaintiffs suing to force Arkansas officials to recognize the validity of their state-issued marriage licenses want Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza to preside over the proceedings, according to a petition filed Friday by the group's lawyer.

Murder trial lawyer: Will object to dead man's transcript in trial

posted: 04/17/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

An important witness in the murder case against Darrell Dennis has died, and the defendant's lawyer announced Thursday that he will challenge efforts by prosecutors to use a transcript of the deceased's testimony at Dennis' trial next month.

Judge allows child-porn suspect's statements at trial

posted: 04/14/2015 2:52 a.m. Comment 1

Pulaski County jurors will be allowed to hear a 22-year-old Little Rock man's incriminating statements to authorities about downloading child pornography, a circuit judge ruled Monday.

Judge set to decide if bias suit gets a trial

posted: 04/11/2015 3:19 a.m. Discuss

A Pulaski County circuit judge is considering whether a fired Little Rock police officer has presented enough evidence to go to trial with her discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against retired Police Chief Stuart Thomas.

Fired police officer continues legal battle

posted: 04/11/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- A Pulaski County circuit judge is considering whether a fired Little Rock police officer has presented enough evidence for her discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against retired Police Chief Stuart Thomas to go to trial.

Jury deadlocks fatal-stab trial

posted: 04/10/2015 2:55 a.m. Discuss

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Barry Sims was forced to declare a mistrial Thursday night when jurors considering a murder charge against a Little Rock woman who fatally stabbed her roommate could not reach a unanimous verdict.

LR woman on trial in knifing

posted: 04/09/2015 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Attorneys for a Little Rock woman on trial for killing her male roommate called on jurors Wednesday to consider the bigger picture of their relationship beyond the circumstances of his January 2014 death, which one defense attorney described as a "freak accident."

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