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Sean Beherec

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81 judges since ’06 on suspension list

posted: 04/17/2014 5:23 a.m. Comments 4

Nearly one-third of the state’s sitting judges since 2006 have been suspended from practicing law a combined 157 times for nonpayment of annual law-license dues, according to a review of information provided by the clerk of the courts.

Parents’ funeral claim dismissed

posted: 04/16/2014 4:44 a.m. Discuss

The parents of an 18-month-old girl who died in state custody had waived any right to the body under state law because they “abandoned” her, the Arkansas Claims Commission said in an order released Tuesday.

Claims panel quashes school-chief settlement

posted: 04/16/2014 4:32 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Claims Commission unanimously rejected a settlement agreement between the state and the family of a former superintendent of the Pulaski County Special School District who was terminated in 2011.

Widow of fire chief awarded $200,000

posted: 04/12/2014 3:05 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Claims Commission on Friday unanimously approved awarding $200,000 in death benefits to the widow of a former Trumann Fire Department chief who died after having a heart attack on duty.

Justices find murder conviction unmerited

posted: 04/11/2014 3:07 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a Lincoln County man’s capital-murder conviction, finding that the state had failed to prove the shooting was premeditated.

Funeral for girl in state custody at hub of claim

posted: 04/11/2014 3:05 a.m. Comment 1

The parents of an 18-month-old girl who died in state custody forfeited the right to bury the child because they were estranged from her at the time of her death and did not assume “liability” for burial costs, a Department of Human Services attorney told the Arkansas State Claims Commission on Thursday.

Appeals court rejects man’s claim evidence mishandled

posted: 04/10/2014 4:44 a.m. Discuss

Logan County resident Larry Brown awoke on the night of Aug. 28, 2011, to find masked gunmen in his home on Greasy Valley Road.

3 GOP candidates spar at law school

posted: 04/10/2014 4:37 a.m. Discuss

Republican attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge called fellow candidate David Sterling’s plan to reinstate the use of the electric chair to carry out the death penalty “irresponsible rhetoric,” during a debate at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock W.H. Bowen School of Law Wednesday evening.

Opponent seeks part in judge’s eligibility petition

posted: 04/09/2014 4:34 a.m. Discuss

A Little Rock attorney vying for a judgeship in the 20th Judicial Circuit against Circuit Judge H.G. Foster asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Tuesday to include her as a party in a petition filed by the judge over whether administrative suspensions make him ineligible for office.

Collection stay wasn’t violated, attorney claims

posted: 04/09/2014 4:29 a.m. Discuss

Two attorneys hired by Conway in a land-condemnation case did nothing to violate an order by the Arkansas Supreme Court that prohibited them from collecting against a landowner, their attorney told a special master assigned to the case Tuesday.

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