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Linda Satter

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Federal Courts reporter

Federal Courts reporter

Recent Stories by Linda Satter

Judge keeps same-sex stay, says appeals court in control

posted: 03/05/2015 3:24 a.m. Comment 1

A federal judge refused Wednesday to lift a stay on carrying out her Nov. 25 ruling declaring the state's bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, saying she believes the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals now has jurisdiction of the case.

Keep stays in place, state urges in two gay-marriage cases

posted: 03/03/2015 2:59 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has asked both a federal judge in Little Rock and the Arkansas Supreme Court to leave in place the stays they imposed months ago on rulings throwing out the state's bans on same-sex marriage.

State's same-sex marriage dispute now a clash of courts, experts say

updated: 02/28/2015 8:34 p.m. Comments 7

As a federal judge considers whether to lift a stay on her ruling outlawing Arkansas' bans on same-sex marriage, creating the potential for a second round of same-sex marriages until the issue is decided nationally, the Arkansas Supreme Court still hasn't ruled on an appeal of a similar state-court ruling.

Grant, credit-fixing scams net guilty verdict

posted: 02/28/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

A federal jury Thursday convicted a Mississippi woman of operating a scam with an Arkansas woman that tricked people across Arkansas and elsewhere into paying hundreds of dollars for services that never were performed.

Justices: In suit, smokers are class

posted: 02/27/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

A Pulaski County judge was right to grant class-action status to a 2003 lawsuit alleging that Philip Morris USA violated a state consumer-protection law by falsely advertising its "light" cigarettes, the Arkansas Supreme Court decided Thursday, with one judge dissenting.

Credit-repair client testifies at trial

posted: 02/26/2015 2:57 a.m. Discuss

Several people from Arkansas and beyond testified Wednesday before a federal jury that they sent money between 2004 and 2011 to a woman in Southaven, Miss., to pay for credit-repair services or federal grant money that never materialized, and then found they couldn't get their money back.

Reply ordered in nuptials case

posted: 02/25/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Tuesday directed attorneys for the state to respond by Monday to a request that she lift a stay on enforcement of her Nov. 25 order declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional.

Stuttgart man faces arson charges in courthouse fire

posted: 02/21/2015 3:08 a.m. Discuss

A federal grand jury in Little Rock has indicted a Stuttgart man in connection with a fire that burned down the Arkansas County courthouse annex in Stuttgart in September.

Justices hear arguments on state's execution law

posted: 02/20/2015 3:25 a.m. Comments 2

The Arkansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday about whether a 2013 law enacted by state legislators gave too much authority to the Arkansas Department of Correction to set lethal-injection protocol.

Justices hear arguments on state's execution law

posted: 02/20/2015 1 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday about whether a 2013 law enacted by state legislators gave too much authority to the Arkansas Department of Correction to set lethal-injection protocol.

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