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Linda Satter

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Federal Courts reporter

Federal Courts reporter

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Courts notebook

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

Harris sworn in as magistrate judge Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Tricia Harris was officially sworn in at noon Friday as the newest U.S. magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Guilty, pleads 1 charged in LR car-lot drug-ring case

posted: 07/31/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

One of the main defendants accused of operating a drug-trafficking ring out of a used-car dealership in southwest Little Rock pleaded guilty Thursday to a cocaine distribution charge.

Ex-treasury aide asks to alter suit

posted: 07/31/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

An attorney for a former employee of state Treasurer Dennis Milligan asked Thursday to amend his defamation lawsuit yet again to add further allegations against Milligan's chief of staff, Jim Harris.

Judge hears ex-hopefuls, state argue filing period

posted: 07/28/2015 4:16 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge heard arguments Monday on whether state law unconstitutionally makes it harder for independent candidates to get on election ballots than candidates from established parties.

Requests to sell guns put on hold

posted: 07/25/2015 3:26 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge in Little Rock said Friday that he doesn't want to address requests to sell Randeep Mann's gun collection until a pending appeal is resolved.

Insurance embezzler is handed 366 days

posted: 07/23/2015 3:32 a.m. Discuss

John Mathis "Matt" Lile III of Little Rock was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in federal prison for embezzling a health care benefit program's funds to pay for family vacations to Italy and other places, as well as cruises, tanning salon visits and shopping excursions.

U.S. appellate court revives suit on Faulkner County jail

posted: 07/23/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday reinstated a lawsuit alleging that Faulkner County jail employees intentionally refused to give a Conway man his medicine to prevent epileptic seizures during his three-night incarceration in 2012.

4th person arrested in big-rig break-ins

posted: 07/23/2015 3:24 a.m. Discuss

A fourth man was arrested last week in Memphis in connection with a series of wintertime break-ins of trucks parked overnight at truck stops in Crittenden, St. Francis and Miller counties in Arkansas.

Hearing set in suit against treasurer

posted: 07/21/2015 4:40 a.m. Discuss

A hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 12 before U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes on a former treasurer's office employee's request for a preliminary injunction that would require State Treasurer Dennis Milligan to hold a name-clearing hearing for the former employee.

Courts notebook

posted: 07/19/2015 2:51 a.m. Discuss

Drug-case convict gets sentence cut The latest noteworthy defendant to be spared some prison time as a result of a national edict that took effect Nov. 1 to reduce overincarceration of federal prisoners convicted of drug crimes is Ralph Francis DeLeo, a Massachusetts mobster convicted in Little Rock in 2011.

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