Lisa Hammersly

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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...

Police: Suspect in Virginia bus station shooting dead; 3 others hurt

RICHMOND, Va. — A gunman shot a Virginia state trooper Thursday at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond before he was shot dead by two other troopers, police said. Two civilians were hurt, though it was not clear if they had been shot. 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...

Judge quizzes 17 lawyers on multimillion-dollar class action case

Good reputations at stake, Holmes is told

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — For about two hours Thursday, a federal judge asked the questions. And the lawyers — all 17 of them — were the ones pleading innocence. Continue reading...

17 lawyers facing hearing on ethics

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- As many as 17 lawyers -- plus their lawyers -- are scheduled to gather in a federal courtroom Thursday for an unusual hearing involving legal ethics, court-forum shopping and multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuits. Continue reading...

State bar to study judges' impartiality

Recommendations expected by June as questions arise over judicial elections

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Bar Association voted Friday to study in depth how to maintain the independence and impartiality of state court judges, citing a series of news articles about campaign contributions and state Supreme Court decisions published this week in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Continue reading...

Electing judges best, says justice

Goodson weighs in; others in legal field suggest change

Subscriber onlyArkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson affirmed her support Wednesday for electing members of the state's highest court even as others, including Gov. Asa Hutchinson, want to consider different methods for choosing justices. Continue reading...

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