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Spencer Willems

Capitol reporter

Capitol reporter

Recent Stories by Spencer Willems

Cash-only bail constitutional, justices decide

posted: 02/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that people charged with crimes can be held in jail in lieu of large, cash-only bail amounts. Dissenting justices argued such a rule was unconstitutional and adversely affected the poor. They even invoked the poetry of the Man in Black and his time in the Starkville city jail.

Once-convicted hopeful stays on ballot, court says

posted: 02/12/2016 2:09 a.m. Discuss

A former state legislator once convicted of writing hot checks is now eligible to run for sheriff, according to the state's highest court.

Milligan tussles with lawyer, files complaint

posted: 02/11/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

The state's treasurer did not show up for work Wednesday but did go to the prosecuting attorney's office to file a complaint against a Little Rock attorney after an altercation during a Tuesday deposition.

Rutledge opines on guns at Capitol

posted: 02/10/2016 1:03 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' attorney general said Monday that State Capitol Police cannot arrest someone for carrying an unloaded weapon on the Capitol grounds, but she said officers can ask a gun-toter to leave and can make an arrest if the person doesn't comply.

D.C. group's ads rip Goodson gifts, trial-lawyer links

posted: 02/09/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

An out-of-state group has bought more than $335,000 worth of television ads at stations across the state that highlight gifts and campaign contributions from some trial attorneys to a candidate for the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Ex-attorney general registers to be lobbyist

posted: 02/09/2016 3:50 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' former attorney general, now in private practice, announced Monday that he will return to the Capitol as a paid lobbyist.

AG opines on guns at Capitol

posted: 02/09/2016 3:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' attorney general said Monday that State Capitol Police cannot arrest someone for carrying an unloaded weapon on the Capitol grounds, but she said officers can ask a gun-toter to leave and can make an arrest if the person doesn't comply.

2 Democrats seek House seat

posted: 02/08/2016 2:58 a.m. Discuss

Two candidates who cite the need for improved pre-kindergarten offerings are vying for the Democratic nomination to represent parts of North Little Rock and Sherwood in the state House of Representatives.

3 in appeals race tout experience

posted: 02/07/2016 3:05 a.m. Discuss

A former military attorney, a public defender and a state agency administrator are vying for the same open seat on the state Court of Appeals.

State asks justices to hear challenge to execution law

posted: 02/06/2016 3:32 a.m. Discuss

State attorneys are seeking an opportunity before the state's highest court to defend the constitutionality of the state's execution law and to conceal the source of the state's execution drugs.

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