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story.lead_photo.caption John Goodson and Courtney Hudson Goodson are shown in this photo. ( Bobby Ampezzan)

A northwest Arkansas judge who ordered that attack ads critical of Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson be taken off the air this week reported receiving income, through his wife, from the law firm of Goodson’s husband.

Washington County Circuit Court Judge Doug Martin issued a temporary restraining order Monday afternoon against several television stations in the area that had been airing ads that Goodson alleged to be “false, misleading, and defamatory.”

Courtney Goodson is married to class-action attorney John Goodson, a partner at the Texarkana firm of Keil & Goodson.

In his 2017 statement of financial interest report, Martin reported that his wife, Amy, earned more than $12,500 for legal services performed at Keil & Goodson. Statements of financial interest don’t give specific amounts of compensation but rather whether compensation is at least a specific amount.

A phone call to the judge’s chambers in Fayetteville was not returned Tuesday.

Martin’s order came in the midst of Goodson’s re-election campaign for a seat on the high court. In that race, both she and another opponent, Court of Appeals Judge Kenneth Hixson, have been the target of hundreds of thousands of dollars in TV ads paid for by out-of-state groups.

Goodson on Monday also filed a lawsuit aimed at halting some attack ads in the Little Rock area, and a judge was scheduled to hold a hearing in that case Friday morning. Goodson filed a third lawsuit Tuesday to halt the ads in the Fort Smith area.

A third candidate in the race, Department of Human Services attorney David Sterling, has denied any affiliation with the ads.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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Archived Comments

  • PaulNations
    May 15, 2018 at 6:57 p.m.

    Lock them both up.

  • Knuckleball1
    May 15, 2018 at 8:01 p.m.

    The Once Great Supreme Court of Arkansas has become like the Legislature... A Laughing Stock, A Ruse, a bunch of Self Serving Lawyers that don't have any morals. Talking about conflict of interest this judge needs to be run out of office since he doesn't have the moral fortitude to step down. The whole bunch needs to go to jail.

  • Delta2
    May 15, 2018 at 8:23 p.m.

    What a tangled web...I don't like the JCN ads, but stuff like this just lends credibility to them. How does something like this just slip by Goodson's people?

  • Foghorn
    May 15, 2018 at 10 p.m.

    Delicious...justice. Two exposed for the price of one.

  • Foghorn
    May 15, 2018 at 10:01 p.m.

    Goodson single-handedly PROVED what her opposition alleged.

  • tngilmer
    May 16, 2018 at 1:31 a.m.

    The corruption in the legal profession knows no limits.