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Linda Satter

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Federal Courts reporter

Federal Courts reporter

Recent Stories by Linda Satter

Abortion clinics add to challenge of Arkansas licensing law

posted: 12/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Two of the three abortion clinics in Arkansas have been cited for minor infractions noticed during surprise inspections last month by the state Health Department and now face being shut down if the state enforces a new law that is the subject of a pending federal lawsuit.

In court, state re-defends petitions-to-run deadline

posted: 12/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas secretary of state's office spent about five hours Tuesday trying to justify -- at the request of a federal appellate court -- the need for a March 1 deadline for independent candidates in Arkansas to submit petitions seeking access to general-election ballots.

Jurors find for former Arkansas officer in fatal shot; ’12 encounter drew lawsuit by man’s mother

posted: 12/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A federal jury deliberated for about 3½ hours Thursday before clearing a former Alexander police officer, Nancy Cummings, of any liability in the Sept. 8, 2012, shooting death of 30-year-old Carleton Wallace of Bryant.

Former Arkansas officer cleared of liability in fatal shooting

posted: 12/07/2017 3:10 p.m. Comments 2

A federal jury in Little Rock spent about four hours deliberating Thursday before clearing a former Alexander police officer of any liability in the 2012 shooting death of Carleton Wallace.

Kids-meal fraud earns Arkansas woman 150 months in prison

posted: 12/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

A Helena-West Helena woman who made about $4 million in three years by falsely claiming to have fed hundreds of poor children at 34 sites in eastern Arkansas was sentenced Wednesday to 12½ years in federal prison -- one month shy of the maximum recommended.

Griffen motion raises impartiality concerns

posted: 12/07/2017 3:15 a.m. Discuss

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen asked Wednesday that a federal judge who once presided alongside him be disqualified from hearing Griffen's lawsuit against all seven members of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Trial starts in lawsuit on fatal Arkansas police shooting; gun fired by accident, attorneys for ex-officer say

posted: 12/06/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

In a split second on the afternoon of Sept. 8, 2012, as an uneventful shift began winding down, a rookie Alexander police officer's effort to handcuff a 30-year-old man turned deadly.

Filing defends laws on abortion

posted: 12/04/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge’s July 28 order blocking the enforcement of four abortion-restricting laws enacted this year by the Arkansas General Assembly should be reversed, attorneys for the state have argued in a 59-page brief filed at the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

State filing defends laws on abortion, asks court to reverse block

posted: 12/03/2017 4:28 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge's July 28 order blocking the enforcement of four abortion-restricting laws enacted this year by the Arkansas General Assembly should be reversed, attorneys for the state have argued in a 59-page brief filed at the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

Arkansas town settles suit over attempt to ban cheap mobile homes

posted: 11/29/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A settlement reached Tuesday ends a federal lawsuit brought by a national civil-rights organization against McCrory over the Woodruff County town's ill-fated ordinance to ban mobile homes worth less than $7,500.

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