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Linda Satter

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Federal Courts reporter

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Recent Stories by Linda Satter

'Spouse' definition challenged

posted: 03/27/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Thursday that the state has joined Texas, Louisiana and Nebraska in a federal lawsuit challenging a new rule, effective today, that changes the definition of "spouse" in the Family and Medical Leave Act to recognize legally married same-sex couples regardless of where they live.

Federal judge lifts stay in businessman's case

posted: 03/26/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge has lifted a stay on a 2013 civil case in which the federal government is trying to claim millions of dollars, as well as two houses and several vehicles, owned by Little Rock businessman Stephen Parks.

Civil-rights case tossed in bottler raid

posted: 03/24/2015 2:58 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which Mountain Pure bottling company workers claimed that federal agents violated their civil rights in executing a search warrant at the business in 2012. The ruling cancels a trial scheduled to begin Monday.

Last 2 in drug ring get prison

posted: 03/22/2015 1 a.m. Comment 1

The final two defendants in a federal heroin-trafficking case centered in Cabot that involved the deaths of two young men were sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr.

New U.S. bankruptcy judge takes oath

updated: 03/21/2015 12:14 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' newest bankruptcy judge, Phyllis M. Jones, was formally sworn in Friday at a ceremony at the Richard Sheppard Arnold United States Courthouse in downtown Little Rock.

Drug trial ends with man's 4 convictions

updated: 03/21/2015 12:14 a.m. Discuss

A West Memphis man who was accused of leading a large cocaine-trafficking operation in Crittenden County in 2012 and 2013 was convicted Friday on four of six charges he faced.

Last 2 in lethal-heroin ring get federal prison sentences

posted: 03/21/2015 3:09 a.m. Discuss

The final two defendants in a federal heroin-trafficking case centered in Cabot that involved the deaths of two young men were sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr.

High court backs lethal-injection law

updated: 03/19/2015 11:37 p.m. Comment 1

A divided Arkansas Supreme Court declared Thursday that legislators' 2013 rewrite of the state's lethal-injection law is constitutional, reversing a circuit judge's ruling last year that it violates the separation-of-powers doctrine.

Scale of drug dealing in focus at trial's close

posted: 03/20/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

A federal jury is scheduled to resume deliberating today on six charges against a West Memphis man accused of being part of a large cocaine-trafficking ring in Crittenden County in 2012 and 2013.

LR couple's suit says IRS raids over top

posted: 03/18/2015 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock businessman Stephen Parks and his wife, Anna Harper Parks, have filed a federal lawsuit accusing IRS agents of using "unreasonable" tactics that violated their civil rights during simultaneous "SWAT-team style" 2012 raids of his Sixth Street businesses and their Heights-area home.

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