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Lisa Hammersly

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AG calls on U.S. justices in crash-report dispute

updated: 08/27/2016 3:17 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide a question that has wound through state courts for more than a year.

Class-suit watchdog seeks role in appeal

posted: 08/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A Washington lawyer known for attacking class-action settlements he claims are unfair is asking to side against John Goodson of Texarkana, one of Arkansas' best-known class-action practitioners, and 14 other lawyers in their appeal of a Fort Smith federal judge's reprimands.

Defense lawyers appeal ethics-violation ruling

posted: 08/20/2016 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Lyn Pruitt of Little Rock and two other defense lawyers have appealed a federal judge's ruling that they violated an ethics rule and abused the court system in moving a class-action insurance case from federal to state court for settlement, according to a notice of appeal filed Friday.

Arkansas center for disabled called lifesaver

posted: 08/16/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

BOONEVILLE -- Consultants told Arkansas legislators Monday that many states have closed public institutions for developmentally disabled adults and children because of lawsuits, court orders, tight budgets and poor quality of life.

Wounded Arkansas police chief recalls bullets whizzing

updated: 08/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

FORT SMITH -- Darrell Spells heard the first gunshot buzz by his head. The second struck his temple. Blood streamed down the Hackett police chief's face.

Gunfire kills Sebastian County sheriff's deputy

posted: 08/11/2016 5:55 a.m. Comments 5

A Sebastian County sheriff's deputy was killed and the Hackett police chief was injured Wednesday morning when they were met by gunfire while responding to a disturbance call in the county.

12 attorneys appeal ruling in ethics case

posted: 08/10/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Texarkana-based attorney John Goodson and 11 lawyers who work with him on class-action lawsuits have appealed a federal judge's ruling that they broke ethics rules and abused the court system.

Judge reprimands 5 attorneys linked to forum shopping

posted: 08/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

A federal judge on Wednesday reprimanded Texarkana attorney and University of Arkansas System Trustee John Goodson, his law partner and three other lawyers for ethics violations and abuse of the court system.

Top UA solicitor of gifts resigns

posted: 08/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

The chief fundraiser for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Chris Wyrick, has resigned his $310,000 job, one month after the school's new chancellor redistributed Wyrick's senior staff and part of his budget.

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.

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