Lisa Hammersly

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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...

CASH & THE COURT PART III: Campaign money stirs debate over how judges picked

Ethics-rule study gives state an ‘F’

Subscriber onlyA national study of ethics rules, campaign donations and state judges gave Arkansas a grade of "F." Continue reading...

State justices respond to donation questions

Subscriber onlyFive of the seven Arkansas Supreme Court justices answered questions or issued statements regarding their campaign donations and court decisions. Continue reading...

CASH & THE COURT PART II: Top donors net big wins

Reasonable questions ‘shall disqualify’ judges

Subscriber onlyOn June 27, 2013, the Arkansas Supreme Court handed down welcome news to a certain group of class-action law firms. The state's highest court unanimously reversed and remanded a decision from Washington County Circuit Court in a lawsuit involving Internet privacy against the TV Guide company. Continue reading...

CASH & THE COURT PART I: 6 law firms top donations list

All givers in justices’ races, have won high-court cases in state

Subscriber onlyFirst in a series - High-profile class-action lawyer John Goodson, his Texarkana law firm and five law firms headquartered outside Arkansas rank among the biggest campaign donors to state Supreme Court justices, an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette analysis of public records shows. Continue reading...

Attorneys say acted 'properly' in lawsuit

Didn’t venue shop, judge told in filing

Subscriber onlyTexarkana attorney John Goodson and a dozen more plaintiffs' lawyers say they acted "properly and ethically at all times" in a class-action lawsuit in which a federal judge has ordered them to explain why they shouldn't be sanctioned. Continue reading...

Attorneys ordered to hearing on court-shopping concerns

Subscriber onlyTexarkana attorney John Goodson and more than a dozen other lawyers have been ordered to appear before a federal judge in Fort Smith to answer allegations that they shopped for court venues to benefit themselves. Continue reading...

Nonprofit loses immunity ruling in patient death

Subscriber onlyAn Arkansas Court of Appeals panel on Wednesday sent a wrongful-death lawsuit against a Pine Bluff nursing home back to Circuit Court for trial, saying the lower court judge shouldn't have granted Davis Life Care Center's request for immunity as a charity. Continue reading...

Nonprofit loses immunity ruling in patient death

Subscriber onlyAn Arkansas Court of Appeals panel on Wednesday sent a wrongful-death lawsuit against a Pine Bluff nursing home back to Circuit Court for trial, saying the lower court judge shouldn't have granted Davis Life Care Center's request for immunity as a charity. Continue reading...

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