Arkansas Supreme Court Decisions

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Recent Decisions From the Arkansas Supreme Court

Chatmon v. State (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 229
Docket Number: CR-13-1006

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner’s pro se petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a petition for writ of error coram nobis in his criminal case, an amendment to the petition, and Petitioner’s...

Smith v. State (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 236
Docket Number: CR-16-1075

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of circuit court denying Petitioner’s second pro se petition for writ of error coram nobis. In the petition, Petitioner alleged that his guilty plea was obtained by coercion and in...

Bell v. State (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 231
Docket Number: CR-16-997

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the denial of Appellant’s pro se petition filed under Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111. In his petition, Appellant argued (1) the two sentences of life imprisonment that were imposed on him in 1994 wer...

Brown v. State (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 232
Docket Number: CR-17-229

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from a decision of the trial court that denied Appellant’s pro se petition for declaratory relief. In his petition, Appellant asked the trial court to enforce the terms of a...

Gardner v. State (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 230
Docket Number: CR-17-230

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s denial of Appellant’s pro se petition filed pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111 to correct a sentence imposed on him in 2004 on the grounds that the sentence was illegal. The...

Griffin v. Alexander (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 235
Docket Number: CR-17-324

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner filed in the Supreme Court a pro se petition for writ of mandamus arguing that the circuit judge had not acted in a timely manner on a pro se petition for writ of error cream nobis filed in the circuit court....

Griffis v. State (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 238
Docket Number: CR-17-362

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner’s pro se motion seeking permission to proceed with a belated appeal of an order denying a motion for reconsideration of the denial of a postconviction motion that alleged multiple grou...

Warren v. Felts (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 237
Docket Number: CV-16-1064

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s denial of Appellant’s petition for writ of mandamus alleging that his rights had been violated by the denial of his parole. The circuit court found, among other things, that...

Ashby v. State (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 233
Docket Number: CV-16-527

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s denial of Appellant’s in forma pauperis petition. Appellant filed the petition so that he might initiate an action seeking “writs of prohibitory petitions” challenging a ris...

Gonder v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 239
Docket Number: CV-17-329

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s denial of Appellant’s pro se motions seeking reconsideration of Appellant’s petition for writ of habeas corpus that had previously been dismissed by the circuit court. Pendi...

Furnish v. Ark. Dep't of Human Servs. (Majority)
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 240
Docket Number: CV-17-412
Kennedy v. Arkansas Parole Board (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 234
Docket Number: CV-17-72

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order dismissing Appellant’s pro se petition for judicial review of an adjudication made by the Arkansas Parole Board pursuant to the Arkansas Administrative Procedure Act....

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...

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