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Linda Satter

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Federal Courts reporter

Federal Courts reporter

Recent Stories by Linda Satter

Tearful Shoffner ordered to prison

posted: 08/29/2015 5:41 a.m. Discuss

After three hours of debate capped by a tearful apology from former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner, a federal judge sentenced the 71-year-old Newport woman to 2 1/2 years in prison Friday for accepting $36,000 over three years to officially steer a substantial amount of the state's bond business to a broker friend.

Civil trial postponed again in 2010 apartment shooting

posted: 08/28/2015 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A civil jury trial alleging that police officers violated the civil rights of 67-year-old Eugene Ellison before he was killed in his Little Rock apartment in late 2010 has been postponed again.

LR man accepts 10 years, gets six charges dropped

posted: 08/28/2015 4:14 a.m. Discuss

A Little Rock man's past caught up with him Thursday when a federal judge accepted an agreement that will send him to prison for 10 years for a crime that normally would be punishable by less than four years behind bars.

Lawyers seek $49,754 in fees

posted: 08/27/2015 4:25 a.m. Discuss

Attorneys who represented two same-sex couples who successfully challenged the constitutionality of Arkansas' same-sex marriage bans in federal court are seeking attorneys' fees of $49,754.

Victim, 38, turned down settlement before trial

posted: 08/26/2015 4:41 a.m. Discuss

A Pocahontas woman who was awarded $9 million last week by a federal jury in a 2012 traffic accident turned down a $1.6 million settlement offer just before the trial began, her attorney said Tuesday.

Courts notebook: Judge denies drug care for ex-officer

posted: 08/26/2015 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian S. Miller has rejected a request for drug addiction treatment from Mark Anthony Jones, a former Little Rock police officer who is serving an 8 1/2-year prison sentence.

U.S. judge sides with state on petition filing date

posted: 08/26/2015 4:20 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a 2014 lawsuit brought by three independent candidates for office in Arkansas who claimed a state law unfairly limited their access to the ballot, even though he said their arguments had merit.

U.S. jury allots $9M for injuries in '12 crash

posted: 08/25/2015 4 a.m. Discuss

A federal jury in Jonesboro awarded about $9 million on Thursday to a Pocahontas woman who was seriously injured in an automobile accident on Aug. 7, 2012, while driving her three young sons on a Lawrence County highway.

Five arrested in theft of guns in White Hall

posted: 08/24/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

WHITE HALL -- An investigation into a series of burglaries last winter at the Hunter's Refuge sporting goods store in White Hall led to the early morning arrests Thursday of five people who were indicted Aug. 5 on federal charges of possessing stolen guns.

Judge dismisses two from suit, leaves LR mayor

posted: 08/21/2015 3:05 a.m. Discuss

Less than two weeks after a Little Rock man sued three city officials in federal court, alleging they trampled his civil rights after he was kicked out of a city board meeting, a judge has dismissed two of the officials from the suit.

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