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Spencer Willems

Capitol reporter

Capitol reporter

Recent Stories by Spencer Willems

Lawyer censured for mishandling case

posted: 12/21/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

A Hot Springs attorney received his second disciplinary action from a professional oversight panel since August, according to an Arkansas Supreme Court filing released Thursday.

Beebeā€™s image captured for history

updated: 12/20/2014 3:23 a.m. Discuss

At the end of an eight-year run as governor and a decades-long role as a player in Natural State politics, Gov. Mike Beebe is leaving behind a lasting image of his time in office.

2nd brother loses high-court case

posted: 12/19/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court shot down on procedural grounds a capital-murder convict's appeal in an opinion released Thursday.

'12 check on hunter ruled illegal search

posted: 12/18/2014 4:10 a.m. Comments 11

The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a routine inspection by state game wardens violated the man's constitutional rights and ordered the man's case retried in circuit court.

Appeals court upholds conviction, sentence in LR false-report case

posted: 12/18/2014 3:44 a.m. Discuss

The woman whose flippant phone call prompted a three-hour standoff with Little Rock police lost her appeal of a conviction for filing a false police report Wednesday.

Money for crime victims at risk

posted: 12/17/2014 3:33 a.m. Discuss

A decades-old program to help violent-crime victims in Arkansas is on track to insolvency, according to the state's departing attorney general.

McDaniel rejects 2016 initiative's ballot title

posted: 12/17/2014 3:23 a.m. Discuss

The state's attorney general shot down a proposal by a group that seeks to increase transparency and further restrict campaign-related spending.

Fair Housing ad was illegal, legislator says

posted: 12/16/2014 3:15 a.m. Comments 3

The Republican chairman of the legislative committee overseeing the audits of state agencies said that it appeared that the director of a state commission broke the law when she signed off on a check that went to a partisan organization last year.

$600,000 award OK'd in care-facility death

posted: 12/16/2014 3:12 a.m. Discuss

Lawmakers endorsed the state Claims Commission's decision to reward $600,000 to the family of a mentally disabled woman who died due to negligence at a state care facility last year.

Sentence tossed for felon whose call made threat

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

The Arkansas Supreme Court dismissed the 54-month sentence for a convicted felon who had threatened the mother of his children over the phone in violation of a protection order.


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