Lisa Hammersly

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Judge: Will rethink finding in ethics case

Subscriber onlyA federal court judge who decided in April to penalize 16 lawyers from Arkansas and other states for ethics violations heard another round of arguments Friday and promised to rethink an earlier order in the case. Continue reading...

New suit names class action's 15 rebuked lawyers

Subscriber onlyMore than a dozen lawyers who already face a federal judge's penalties tied to ethics violations in a class-action insurance lawsuit last year -- Adams v. USAA -- find themselves in another legal tangle involving the same case. Continue reading...

State bar: Select, not elect, court

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Bar Association on Friday endorsed choosing state Supreme Court justices, elected to their jobs since the 1800s, through appointment. Continue reading...

State bar group vote ahead on ethics, choosing justices

Judicial-campaign-finance proposals also on Friday agenda

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Bar Association will recommend Friday whether the state should toughen ethics rules for judges, curtail the influence of "dark money" in judicial campaigns, and appoint -- rather than elect -- the seven justices who sit on the state's highest court. Continue reading...

Man in prison for killing girl escapes, flees

Inmate left his work detail in Lee County, police say

Subscriber onlyA Sebastian County man convicted in 2012 of murdering a teenage girl and stuffing her body into a barrel escaped Monday from a prison work detail in Lee County in east Arkansas. Continue reading...

Hearing on penalties for 16 put off

Court-shopping lawyers now to get punishment June 24

Subscriber onlyA hearing to determine penalties for 16 lawyers in an ethics violation has been postponed to 10 a.m. June 24 in federal court in Fort Smith, according to an order filed late Wednesday by Chief U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes. Continue reading...

Planning to punish 16 lawyers for ethics violations, Arkansas judge indicates

Lawyers, ethics at issue, he says

Subscriber onlyA federal judge in Fort Smith intends to penalize 16 lawyers, including the well-known attorney husband of an Arkansas Supreme Court justice, for violating federal court ethics rules in a class-action case, according to an order filed Thursday. Continue reading...

Rules on giving in judicial races create Catch-22

Future chief justice: Staying in dark walking a tightrope

Subscriber onlyDan Kemp says he doesn't know the identities of donors to his winning campaign for chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. Continue reading...

Goodson's bid got late cash; out-of-state lawyers put $40,675 into chief-justice race

Subscriber onlyAttorneys for three out-of-state law firms with ties to the lawyer husband of Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson gave $40,675 in last-minute donations to her unsuccessful campaign for chief justice, according to Goodson's latest campaign contribution report. Continue reading...

Panel set to study selection of judges

Review will look at ‘dark money’

Subscriber onlySeventeen state judges, attorneys and law professors will study whether Arkansas should change the way it selects judges and examine ways to dampen the influence of "dark money" attack ads that have targeted candidates in Arkansas Supreme Court campaigns since 2014, the Arkansas Bar Association president said Thursday. Continue reading...

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