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Lisa Hammersly

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Judge: Will rethink finding in ethics case

posted: 06/25/2016 2:37 a.m. Discuss

A federal court judge who decided in April to penalize 16 lawyers from Arkansas and other states for ethics violations heard another round of arguments Friday and promised to rethink an earlier order in the case.

New suit names class action's 15 rebuked lawyers

posted: 06/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

More than a dozen lawyers who already face a federal judge's penalties tied to ethics violations in a class-action insurance lawsuit last year -- Adams v. USAA -- find themselves in another legal tangle involving the same case.

State bar: Select, not elect, court

updated: 06/18/2016 2:59 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Bar Association on Friday endorsed choosing state Supreme Court justices, elected to their jobs since the 1800s, through appointment.

State bar group vote ahead on ethics, choosing justices

posted: 06/16/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Bar Association will recommend Friday whether the state should toughen ethics rules for judges, curtail the influence of "dark money" in judicial campaigns, and appoint -- rather than elect -- the seven justices who sit on the state's highest court.

Man in prison for killing girl escapes, flees

posted: 06/14/2016 5:48 a.m. Comments 6

A Sebastian County man convicted in 2012 of murdering a teenage girl and stuffing her body into a barrel escaped Monday from a prison work detail in Lee County in east Arkansas.

Hearing on penalties for 16 put off

posted: 04/22/2016 2:36 a.m. Discuss

A hearing to determine penalties for 16 lawyers in an ethics violation has been postponed to 10 a.m. June 24 in federal court in Fort Smith, according to an order filed late Wednesday by Chief U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes.

Planning to punish 16 lawyers for ethics violations, Arkansas judge indicates

posted: 04/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

A federal judge in Fort Smith intends to penalize 16 lawyers, including the well-known attorney husband of an Arkansas Supreme Court justice, for violating federal court ethics rules in a class-action case, according to an order filed Thursday.

Rules on giving in judicial races create Catch-22

updated: 04/03/2016 3:37 a.m. Comments 5

Dan Kemp says he doesn't know the identities of donors to his winning campaign for chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Goodson's bid got late cash; out-of-state lawyers put $40,675 into chief-justice race

posted: 03/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Attorneys for three out-of-state law firms with ties to the lawyer husband of Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson gave $40,675 in last-minute donations to her unsuccessful campaign for chief justice, according to Goodson's latest campaign contribution report.

Panel set to study selection of judges

posted: 03/11/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Seventeen state judges, attorneys and law professors will study whether Arkansas should change the way it selects judges and examine ways to dampen the influence of "dark money" attack ads that have targeted candidates in Arkansas Supreme Court campaigns since 2014, the Arkansas Bar Association president said Thursday.

Judge quizzes 17 lawyers on multimillion-dollar class action case

posted: 02/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

FORT SMITH — For about two hours Thursday, a federal judge asked the questions. And the lawyers — all 17 of them — were the ones pleading innocence.

17 lawyers facing hearing on ethics

posted: 02/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 12

FORT SMITH -- As many as 17 lawyers -- plus their lawyers -- are scheduled to gather in a federal courtroom Thursday for an unusual hearing involving legal ethics, court-forum shopping and multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuits.

State bar to study judges' impartiality

updated: 01/30/2016 5:59 a.m. Comments 4

The Arkansas Bar Association voted Friday to study in depth how to maintain the independence and impartiality of state court judges, citing a series of news articles about campaign contributions and state Supreme Court decisions published this week in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Electing judges best, says justice

posted: 01/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 7

Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson affirmed her support Wednesday for electing members of the state's highest court even as others, including Gov. Asa Hutchinson, want to consider different methods for choosing justices.

CASH & THE COURT PART III: Campaign money stirs debate over how judges picked

posted: 01/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 7

A national study of ethics rules, campaign donations and state judges gave Arkansas a grade of "F."




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