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John Moritz

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Witness's exclusion voids Little Rock man's murder conviction

posted: 04/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A Little Rock man who unsuccessfully argued self-defense at his murder trial last year will get another chance to do so, the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

Casinos group asks Arkansas high court to take up case

posted: 04/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

After having its proposed ballot wording for a state constitutional amendment denied four times by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, the group pushing a proposal on casino gambling in Arkansas appealed to the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Candidates in Arkansas high court, appeals court races report on finances

posted: 04/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

While crisscrossing the state to attend more than a dozen mostly Republican events, Court of Appeals Judge Kenneth Hixson raised more than his two opponents in the Arkansas Supreme Court race during March.

Homestead tax-credit rise aired; Arkansas governor proposes to reduce the levy on property by $25

posted: 04/17/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

In an election-year shout-out to Arkansas homeowners, Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday said he'd seek to cut an additional $25 from their property tax bills.

$2M raised by sides in tort revamp issue

posted: 04/17/2018 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Lawyers and doctors spent March padding their respective campaign war chests in an expected fight over a proposed constitutional amendment on lawsuit damages and courtroom rules, and both sides together reported having more than $2 million available to spend at the end of the month.

Hutchinson says he plans to ask Legislature to increase tax credit for homeowners

posted: 04/16/2018 11:51 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday he plans on asking the Legislature to increase a tax credit given to Arkansas homeowners by $25 when lawmakers meet again in 2019.

Arkansas justices dismiss whistleblowers' suit

posted: 04/13/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas whistleblowers cannot sue state agencies over alleged violations of the law intended to shield them, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday, doubling down on its interpretation of the state's legal immunity.

State immune from whistle-blower suits, Arkansas high court rules

posted: 04/12/2018 1:50 p.m. Comment 1

Arkansas whistle-blowers cannot sue state agencies for alleged violations of the law intended to shield them, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday, doubling down on its interpretation of the state’s legal immunity.

Recipients describe phone poll as attack in Arkansas high court race

posted: 04/11/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Attacks have begun in a so-far-so-quiet Arkansas Supreme Court election, according to two people who said Tuesday that they were the recipients of a faux telephone poll that spoke negatively about two candidates in the race.

Lacking ruling from judge on state's voter-ID law, first ballots for spring primary go out

posted: 04/07/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

The first ballots of Arkansas' spring primary began their route to military and out-of-the-country voters Friday, as the secretary of state's office said it was moving forward with its normal electoral tasks absent a judge's order not to.

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