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Linda Satter

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Federal Courts reporter

Federal Courts reporter

Recent Stories by Linda Satter

McCrory tosses trailer restriction

posted: 01/12/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

After McCrory officials amended an ordinance Tuesday night to remove a ban on mobile homes worth less than $7,500, a federal judge canceled a hearing set for this morning on a request to halt the ordinance's enforcement.

2-year sentence given to Arkansas man for child-meal fraud

posted: 01/11/2017 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A Marianna man who admitted in September that he participated in a scheme to defraud a federally funded feeding program for underprivileged children was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison and ordered to repay $380,055.36 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Hearing set on bid to banish $1,500 trailer; suit against one Arkansas city says law biased against poor

posted: 01/11/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge has set a hearing for Thursday on a civil-rights organization's request to halt the enforcement of a McCrory ordinance that banishes any mobile home worth less than $7,500 from the city limits.

After request denied, Arkansas businessman Suhl goes to prison

posted: 01/10/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas businessman Ted Suhl, convicted in late October of bribing a state official to protect his business interests, reported to a federal prison in Illinois last week after an appeals court rejected his attempt to remain free while challenging his convictions.

Former Arkansas DHS employee gets 9 years in feeding-program scheme

updated: 01/05/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 6

For what she called "a devastating error in judgment," a former 16-year veteran of the state Department of Human Services was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison and became jointly responsible for repaying more than $7.6 million in stolen federal funds that were intended to feed hungry children.

For Little Rock 'pill mill,' co-owner gets time in prison

posted: 01/04/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A Texas man who co-owned a Little Rock medical clinic that federal agents shut down in 2015, labeling it a "pill mill," was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison.

'Debtor's prison' lawsuit in Arkansas part of a national trend

posted: 12/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A federal lawsuit accusing a Sherwood judge of operating an unconstitutional "debtor's prison" that traps poor people in an endless cycle of fines, debt and jail time reflects a movement that is affecting courts across the country, including in Arkansas.

2 Arkansans accused of false disabled-vet claim

updated: 12/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Two men who operated DAV Construction in North Little Rock for several years are due in court Tuesday on allegations they falsely claimed the company was owned by a service-disabled veteran to collect more than $15.5 million in federal contracts.

Ex-teller at Arkansas bank admits stealing from customer

posted: 12/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

A former teller at a Regions Bank branch in Maumelle pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to an embezzlement charge, admitting she stole money from a customer.

Arkansas treasurer's aide will retire in '17

posted: 12/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Jim Harris, the state treasurer's chief of staff, announced Monday that he will retire early next year, days after he is scheduled to return to federal court for a defamation case brought by a former co-worker.

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