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Linda Satter

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Federal Courts reporter

Federal Courts reporter

Recent Stories by Linda Satter

Owner of PB Huddle House settles suit over racial slurs

posted: 05/23/2015 3:14 a.m. Discuss

H2H Enterprises Inc., a management company that owns three Huddle House restaurants in Pine Bluff, White Hall and El Dorado, has paid $15,000 to resolve a federal lawsuit accusing top managers of regularly subjecting a black employee at the Pine Bluff restaurant to racial slurs.

Conch Republic 'ambassador' convicted; mental evaluation ordered

posted: 05/22/2015 3:27 a.m. Discuss

A federal jury deliberated less than two hours Thursday before convicting a Pine Bluff man who drove around town in a black limousine and liked to be called "Ambassador" on a charge of impersonating a diplomat to obtain something of value -- in this case, freedom from traffic citations.

Fraud suspect claimed diplomatic ties, officer testifies

posted: 05/21/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

A Pine Bluff man handed his "diplomatic identification card" and driver's license to a local officer during a traffic stop in the fall, then told another officer that the first one "needs to hurry up and process my diplomatic information because I need to get on up out of here," the assisting officer testified Wednesday.

Fake envoy dodged fine, U.S. says at trial's start

posted: 05/20/2015 3:19 a.m. Discuss

A Pine Bluff man accused of impersonating a foreign diplomat to get out of a speeding ticket is representing himself in a federal jury trial that began Tuesday.

Ex-judge gets 21 months for false claim

posted: 05/20/2015 3:12 a.m. Discuss

A former attorney and judge from northeast Arkansas who is already serving a 40-year federal prison sentence was given a concurrent 21-month sentence Thursday for submitting a false burglary claim to an insurance company.

Feds push for longer Shoffner sentence

posted: 05/19/2015 3:13 a.m. Comments 3

Although federal prosecutors dropped mail-fraud charges against former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner in November, they want to use the allegations behind the charges to increase her sentence on unrelated extortion and bribery convictions for which she was tried before a jury.

Memphis man pleads guilty to gun charge

posted: 05/15/2015 3:03 a.m. Discuss

A Memphis man pleaded guilty Thursday in Little Rock to a federal charge of possessing one of 107 firearms stolen in January from a tractor-trailer rig that was transporting weapons to Gander Mountain stores.

Cabot man admits guilt in shooting

posted: 05/13/2015 3:34 a.m. Discuss

With a jury trial looming next week, a Cabot man entered a conditional guilty plea Tuesday to charges that he shot a Jacksonville police officer who was assisting in the execution of a federal search warrant on Nov. 22, 2013.

U.S. prosecutor chosen to be next magistrate judge

posted: 05/13/2015 3:33 a.m. Discuss

Tricia Harris, an assistant U.S. attorney in Little Rock for more than eight years, has been chosen by judges in the Eastern District of Arkansas as the next U.S. magistrate judge.

Druggist case sees 27 more indicted

posted: 05/09/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

A two-count hydrocodone-distribution indictment handed up in February against Perry County pharmacist Christopher Grant Watson was expanded Friday to add 27 defendants, including Watson's father, Tommy.


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