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Linda Satter

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Federal Courts reporter

Federal Courts reporter

Recent Stories by Linda Satter

Shoffner’s guilt solid, judge says

posted: 04/16/2014 5:14 a.m. Discuss

Martha Shoffner’s extortion and bribery convictions will stand, U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes declared Tuesday.

After tests, probation shift sought for ex-Rep. Hallum

posted: 04/16/2014 4:43 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge on Tuesday scheduled a June 10 hearing on a prosecutor’s request to modify the probationary conditions for former state Rep. Hudson Hallum, who was sentenced last year to probation and home detention for taking part in a vote-buying scheme.

State to appeal ruling against abortion ban

posted: 04/12/2014 3:57 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed notice Friday that the state will appeal a federal judge’s March 14 ruling striking down the part of a state law passed last year that would have outlawed most abortions at or after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Shoffner’s bid for appointed lawyer denied

posted: 04/12/2014 3:54 a.m. Comment 1

The federal judge presiding over former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner’s bribery and extortion case refused Friday to appoint one of her previously retained attorneys so that he can continue representing her, but at the government’s expense.

Hearing granted on claim of innocence

posted: 04/12/2014 3:10 a.m. Discuss

Family members of a Batesville man who has been in prison for 37 years for a murder they contend was actually a natural death were thrilled Friday after an appeals court gave him a chance to present his claim of innocence before a federal judge.

Judge: Mayor should board police chief

posted: 04/12/2014 3:07 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH — A federal magistrate ordered the release of the Bull Shoals police chief from custody Wednesday on the condition that he live with the town’s mayor and undergo drug screening, among other things.

Sentence reduced for drug convict

posted: 04/11/2014 3:05 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas man’s 10-year sentence for cocaine distribution was cut in half Thursday when he was resentenced without a “career-offender” designation that was applied during his original sentencing last year.

Toss out candidate lawsuit, court told

posted: 04/09/2014 4:28 a.m. Discuss

Secretary of State Mark Martin on Tuesday asked a federal judge to throw out a Feb. 6 lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a 2013 state law that limits the petition-gathering period for independent candidates.

Extortion not proved, Shoffner attorney says

posted: 04/08/2014 4:57 a.m. Discuss

No matter how many other ties to interstate commerce were proved during the recent trial of former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner, prosecutors didn’t prove that interstate commerce was directly affected specifically by her actions that led to the extortion charges against her, her attorney said Monday.

Federal judge Moody sworn in by his father

posted: 04/05/2014 3:22 a.m. Discuss

One Judge Moody formally passed the torch to another in a Friday afternoon ceremony at the Richard Sheppard Arnold United States Courthouse that was both a tribute to one and a formal swearing-in of the other.


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