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story.lead_photo.caption Judge Wade Naramore (left) thanks a deputy as he leaves the Garland County Courthouse in Hot Springs after Naramore was found innocent in August in the hot-car death of his son. ( Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Stephen B. Thornton)

Garland County Circuit Judge Wade Naramore, acquitted last year in the hot-car death of his infant son, can return to the bench, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Naramore had been suspended since Feb. 18, 2016, as part of an investigation into the death of his 18-month-old son, Thomas, who was found July 24, 2015, left in a hot car.

In August 2016, a Garland County jury found Naramore not guilty of negligent homicide, a Class A misdemeanor, in the child’s death.

During his absence from the courtroom, Naramore still received his $160,000 salary, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported.

The state also spent $68,916 on special judges to to preside over his Division 2 seat, which serves as the countywide juvenile court.

Additionally, $2,615 was paid to retired Circuit Judge John Langston, who presided over Naramore’s trial after three other circuit judges in the county refused.

Read Friday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Archived Comments

  • TimberTopper
    February 23, 2017 at 3:04 p.m.

    That was a given! He's a Republican, they do the crime but don't do the time. Had this happened with the average Arkansan, they would have lost their job and be in jail.

  • Knuckleball1
    February 23, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.

    It's a shame that this guy is allowed back on the bench.....!!! How can he be fair with his rulings....!!! I guess the folks in Garland County are happy with this travesty of justice.....

  • NoUserName
    February 23, 2017 at 3:25 p.m.

    Given that he was found not guilty, I doubt the AR Supreme Court could do much else other than reinstate him. Regardless of whether you agree or not.

  • Queen1976
    February 23, 2017 at 4:37 p.m.

    Wow - wish I could get a one-year paid vacation..

  • cliffcarson
    February 23, 2017 at 4:39 p.m.

    This is part of the Cesspool that Trump was talking about.

  • Skeptic1
    February 23, 2017 at 5:16 p.m.

    His political party affiliation has NOTHING to do with this travesty. That child's life wasn't even worth a negligent homicide conviction which is only a misdemeanor in Arkansas. Naramore is a juvenile court judge, can you imagine being a parent targeted by DCFS and having to appear before him? This is what happens when you elect judges, the judiciary will do nothing because these people are politically connected and elected. This is sickening, if he had any character at all he would have resigned, but then why should he, he never even missed a paycheck.

  • NoCrossNoCrown
    February 23, 2017 at 9:24 p.m.

    Say you are against abortion, willing to give anybody a gun and wrap yourself in the bible (even if you don't live as the bible teaches...He was with his GF) and you can literally get away with murder if you have -R after your name in this country.....
    No accountability for your actions....ZERO

  • PopMom
    February 23, 2017 at 10:07 p.m.

    This was a terrible accident which involved his negligence. I do wonder how he can impartially sentence people for child neglect.

  • TimberTopper
    February 24, 2017 at 4:16 a.m.

    libertas2u, you need to be be fully awake. His party and those connections you spoke of had everything to do with it.

  • TheBatt
    February 24, 2017 at 8:51 a.m.

    Of Bourne, someone had to inject "Republican", yet judicial positions are supposed to be "non-partisan".

    That being said, this had nothing to do with political party. It was about the "good old boy" system. Enabled by a prosecutor who put up a horrible case.

    The facts should have been more than enough to convict.

    But No- the good old boy system played out. Any one of us would have been convicted with the same evidence.

    Sadly, without the conviction, the state Supreme Court had no choice.

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