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Linda Satter

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Federal Courts reporter

Federal Courts reporter

Recent Stories by Linda Satter

3 indicted over money to feed kids

posted: 12/19/2014 2:41 a.m. Comments 6

Three Arkansas women were arrested Thursday on federal charges accusing them of stealing thousands of dollars from two programs intended to feed poor children across the state.

LR man gets time in drug case

posted: 12/18/2014 3:18 a.m. Discuss

A Little Rock man awaiting trial on state charges over accusations that he took a loaded gun to Pulaski Heights Elementary School last year was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison in a federal drug case.

U.S. judges puzzle over '10 LR killing

posted: 12/12/2014 3:15 a.m. Discuss

During oral arguments Thursday over whether two Little Rock police officers were properly ordered to stand trial in a civil-rights lawsuit over the 2010 shooting death of an elderly man in his apartment, appellate judges repeatedly expressed concern about conflicting accounts of what led to the shooting.

Two sentenced from Cabot ring that distributed lethal heroin

posted: 12/11/2014 3:38 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge Wednesday handed out sentences to two men at opposite ends of the spectrum in a heroin-trafficking case centered in Cabot that led to the deaths of two young men.

Ex-officer's suit stays alive

posted: 12/09/2014 3:27 a.m. Discuss

A former Alexander police officer's federal civil-rights lawsuit, filed in 2012 against former Police Chief Horace Walters, alleges enough legitimate, factual disputes that it should be decided by a jury, a federal appeals court said Monday.

Insurance agent gets 5 years for fraud

posted: 12/06/2014 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Steven Alan Standridge, a Mount Ida man who owned, operated or managed various independent insurance agencies in Arkansas, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $7.1 million in restitution to the victims of two sophisticated schemes he admitted carrying out in 2010.

Judge: Retry bottler, but 2 charges dead

posted: 12/04/2014 3:33 a.m. Discuss

Saying "a substantial miscarriage of justice may have occurred," a federal judge Tuesday threw out two October jury convictions against Little Rock businessman John Stacks and granted a retrial on his five other convictions from the same trial.

Judge: Ex-Hog stays free despite failed drug tests

posted: 12/03/2014 3:42 a.m. Discuss

Former Razorback and NFL running back Cedric Cobbs, indicted in October alongside 32 other people with conspiring to participate in an oxycodone distribution ring in the Eastern District of Arkansas, found himself back in front of a federal judge Tuesday.

Effort to retain pet pig becomes federal lawsuit

posted: 12/03/2014 3:40 a.m. Discuss

A battle over a Little Rock woman's right to keep a potbellied pig as a pet became a federal case Tuesday.

Meth-ring leader pleads guilty to conspiracy charge

posted: 12/02/2014 3:21 a.m. Discuss

The leader of a methamphetamine-distribution ring in northeast Arkansas pleaded guilty Monday to a federal conspiracy charge that carries a minimum 10-year sentence.

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