Arkansas Supreme Court Decisions

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Recent Decisions From the Arkansas Supreme Court

In re Ark. Jud. Discipline & Dis. Comm'n (Per Curiam)
Date: June 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 227
In re Bd. of Certified Court Reporter Examiners (Per Curiam)
Date: June 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 228
Mason v. Mason (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 225
Docket Number: CV-16-488

Justia Opinion Summary: The mandatory termination language in Ark. Code Ann. 9-12-312(a)(2)(D) does not apply retroactively to automatically terminate alimony awards entered before the 2013 amendment. Pursuant to a 2011 divorce decree, the cou...

Harmon v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 13, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 224
Docket Number: CV-16-898

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, an inmate of the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC), was part of a class-action lawsuit brought against the City of Helena-West Helena and Phillips County. The lawsuit settled, and the ADC received a sett...

In re Updated List of Attorneys 2017 (Per Curiam)
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 222
Lewis v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 211
Docket Number: CR-16-413

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed his convictions of capital murder and kidnapping, arguing that the circuit court erred in denying his motions to suppress on five separate grounds. The State cross-appealed, arguing that the circuit co...

Wilson v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 217
Docket Number: CR-16-1062

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant's convictions for one count of aggravated robbery, two counts of robbery, three counts of theft of property, and one count of commercial burglary, holding (1) the circuit court did no...

Coleman v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 218
Docket Number: CR-16-831

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of residential burglary and sentenced to probation. Thereafter, Appellant was convicted of residential burglary and sentenced to a suspended imposition of sentence. Appellant was then convicted of...

Ward v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 215
Docket Number: CR-16-858

Justia Opinion Summary: By per curiam opinion, the Supreme Court denied Appellant’s pro se petition for a writ of error coram nobis. In this same opinion, however, the court held that Appellant’s sentence was illegal and remanded the case to th...

Barber v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 214
Docket Number: CV-16-1008

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to murder in the first degree and was sentenced to 480 months in prison. Appellant later filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus seeking release from custody. The circuit court dismissed the p...

City of Little Rock v. Circuit Court of Pulaski County (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 219
Docket Number: CV-16-600

Justia Opinion Summary: The circuit court imposed upon the City of Little Rock a fine for violations of Ark. R. Civ. P. 11 and found the City in contempt for failure to timely pay the time. The City appealed, arguing that the imposition of Rule...

Arkansas State Medical Board v. Byers (Majority)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 213
Docket Number: CV-16-755

Justia Opinion Summary: In this wrongful termination case, Peggy Cryer, who was sued individually and in her official capacity as executive secretary of the Arkansas State Medical Board, was entitled to statutory immunity on some, but not all,...

Brookshire Grocery Co. v. Morgan (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 221
Docket Number: CV-17-268

Justia Opinion Summary: Hence forth, all briefed cases submitted to the court of appeals must be disposed of by full, written majority opinions. Thus, In re Memorandum Opinions, 700 S.W.2d 63 (Ark. Ct. App. 1985), in which the court of appeals...

Jackson v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 195
Docket Number: CR-03-800

Justia Opinion Summary: Before the Supreme Court was Appellant’s sixth pro se petition requesting that the court reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court in his criminal case to consider a petition for writ of error coram nobis. Also before the...

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