Arkansas Courts

Judge Milas "Butch" Hale Hot bounded checks sherwood
Arkansas Times

A central Arkansas city and judge are denying a lawsuit's claims that they're effectively operating a debtors' prison with a court that has imposed hefty fines and jail time on thousands of people whose checks bounce.

Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

A federal lawsuit alleges twelve percent of the city of Sherwood is being funded through predatory practices of a bad checks court system.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas partnered with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to file the case against the city and Pulaski County.  

Attorney Bettina Brownstein says the city imposes a ceaseless punishment of jail time and escalating fines for those who write bad checks and can’t cover the cost of an initial court fine.

A federal judge will decide what should happen to more than $1 million worth of guns seized from the home of an Arkansas doctor who was later convicted in a bombing that nearly killed the head of the Arkansas State Medical Board.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Miller will consider arguments this week regarding the guns that belonged to Randeep Mann, who's serving a life sentence for the 2009 bombing at the West Memphis home of Dr. Trent Pierce.

Wade Naramore
KATV, Channel 7 News

Garland County Circuit Judge Wade Naramore has been found not guilty of negligent homicide in the hot-car death of his 18-month-old son.

A Garland County jury deliberated for less than two hours Friday before returning with the verdict.

wade naramore
Arkansas Times

A jury has been seated in the trial an Arkansas judge charged with negligent homicide after his 18-month-old son died after being left in a hot car last summer.

Television station KATV reports that a jury of six men and six women with one male alternate was seated Monday afternoon in the trial for Wade Naramore. He pleaded not guilty in March in the heat-related death of his son, Thomas.

Jury selection began at 8:30 a.m. Monday and a jury was seated at 5:45 p.m. The trial is scheduled to resume Tuesday.

Jim Harris Arkansas Treasurer
KATV, Channel 7 News

A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the defamation lawsuit filed by a former employee of the state treasurer's office against the treasurer and his chief of staff.

An execution drug obtained by the Arkansas prison system earlier this month appears to have been made by a subsidiary of Pfizer, even though Pfizer has said it doesn't want its drugs to be used in executions.

The Associated Press on Monday obtained redacted photos of the vecuronium bromide label from the Arkansas Department of Correction. It matches labels submitted to the National Institutes of Health by Hospira, Inc., which Pfizer bought last year.

wade naramore
Arkansas Times

A motion to dismiss charges against a suspended Garland County circuit judge in the death of his toddler son has been denied.

Attorneys for Judge Wade Naramore had argued the documents filed by prosecutors lacked adequate evidence for a conviction and asked that the case be dismissed.

Online court records show special judge John Langston on Tuesday found that the documents are sufficient and scheduled Naramore's trial to start Aug. 15.

Judge Wade Naramore has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide in the July 24 death of his 18-month-old son, Thomas.

The city of Rogers and three police officers are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit over the fatal shooting of a woman by police.

Fallon Frederick was shot to death Aug. 1, 2011, at a convenience store after officers responded to her 911 call for help.

The lawsuit by her brother - Darrell Frederick - says Frederick was a paranoid schizophrenic who thought she was being pursued and was cowering in the corner of the store when she was shot with a stun gun by Cpl. Nick Torkelson, then shot by Officer Vince Motsinger as she tried to run away.

A Searcy man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison in the death of his 2-year-old son.

Forty-three-year-old Jeffery Clifton was sentenced Friday to 30 years for second-degree murder in the death of Malik Drummond and to 10 more years for abuse of a corpse.

Clifton pleaded no contest to the charges Friday after the murder charge was reduced from capital murder, which could have resulted in a death penalty or life in prison if Clifton were convicted.

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