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Linda Satter

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Federal Courts reporter

Federal Courts reporter

Recent Stories by Linda Satter

8th Circuit hears 2 clinics, state argue Medicaid halt for Planned Parenthood patients

posted: 09/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas' solicitor general told a panel of federal judges Wednesday that Arkansas was within its rights to cut off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood patients a little over a year ago, while an attorney for the provider said the state's action violated the federal Medicaid Act.

Judge sets retrial in slander case

posted: 09/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge on Tuesday scheduled a retrial of a defamation lawsuit against Jim Harris, chief of staff for state Treasurer Dennis Milligan, to begin Jan. 9.

Man pleads guilty to sex trafficking in Arkansas, will get at least 10 years in prison

posted: 09/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 6

Rather than face a federal jury on two sex-trafficking charges that had the potential to put him behind bars for as long as 25 years, Dana Royce Deffenbaugh pleaded guilty Monday to a single charge that carries a mandatory 10-year sentence.

Judges to hear Arkansas abortion law case

posted: 09/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 7

A federal appeals court is to hear arguments Wednesday on the state’s appeal of an injunction issued by a federal judge that prevents the state from cutting off Medicaid funding for three women who filed a lawsuit over the state’s discontinuation of Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood services.*

Man admits meal-program fraud

posted: 09/17/2016 2:33 a.m. Discuss

A Marianna man pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, admitting he was part of a scheme to steal federal funds intended to feed children in low-income areas during the school year.

1st suspect to go to trial in drug, gun sweep guilty

posted: 09/15/2016 3:02 a.m. Discuss

A little over a year after 70 people were charged in 40 federal drug and gun indictments in the Eastern District of Arkansas as a result of an investigation centered in Mississippi County, the first person to go to trial has been convicted.

Judge says state owes legal fees to third party

posted: 09/15/2016 1:01 a.m. Discuss

For successfully challenging a 2015 requirement it hold its nominating convention four months earlier than the Democratic and Republican primaries, the Libertarian Party of Arkansas should be paid $29,619, a federal judge has decided.

County not in wrong in hot-check suit, attorney says

posted: 09/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

In an answer to an Aug. 23 federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of procedures surrounding Sherwood's hot-check court, an attorney for Pulaski County on Tuesday denied any wrongdoing on the part of the county.

Judge says state owes legal fees to third party

posted: 09/14/2016 3:20 a.m. Discuss

For successfully challenging a 2015 requirement that it hold its nominating convention four months earlier than the Democratic and Republican primaries, the Libertarian Party of Arkansas should be paid $29,619.38, a federal judge has decided.

In North Little Rock pimp case, motion to toss out ID denied

updated: 09/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

When Dana Royce Deffenbaugh stands trial in a little over a week, prosecutors can show jurors that a girl he is accused of forcing into prostitution readily identified him, a federal judge ruled Friday.

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