Arkansas Supreme Court Decisions

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Recent Decisions From the Arkansas Supreme Court

Cohns v. State.dissent (Dissenting)
Date: May 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 187
Docket Number: CR-17-256
Stodola v. Lynch (Majority)  
Date: May 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 181
Docket Number: CV-16-473

Justia Opinion Summary: The circuit court determined that appropriations made by ordinances or resolutions of the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock (Appellants) to the cities’ chambers of commerce and related economic development enti...

Lenard v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 186
Docket Number: CV-16-747

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed a petition for declaratory relief and a writ of mandamus regarding a decision made by the Arkansas Board of Parole rescinding a finding that Appellant was eligible for transfer and a subsequent decision d...

Rodgers v. Rodgers (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: May 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 182
Docket Number: CV-16-926

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order of adoption that granted Destiny Rodgers’ request to adopt Reanna Rodgers’ four minor children. Destiny was the current spouse of Reanna’s ex-husband. The court held t...

Ligon v. Tapp (Majority)
Date: May 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 185
Docket Number: D-13-150
Ligon v. Tapp (Other)
Date: May 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 185
Docket Number: D-13-150
In re Ark. Sup. Ct. 4-7 (Per Curiam)
Date: May 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 179
In re Dist. Ct. Resource Assessment Bd. (Per Curiam)
Date: May 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 180
Travis v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 178
Docket Number: CR-07-238

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner filed in the Supreme Court a pro se petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a second petition for writ of error coram nobis. Petitioner was convicted of capital murder and aggravated r...

Matlock v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 175
Docket Number: CR-16-738

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, who was convicted of second-degree sexual assault and sexual indecency with a child, filed in the trial court a request for an amended sentencing order based on a pro se motion for jail-time credit, alleging t...

Russell v. State (Majority)  
Date: May 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 174
Docket Number: CR-16-940

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed the circuit court’s order denying his petition for postconviction relief alleging ineffective assistance of counsel under Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1. Appellant was convicted of capital murder and sentenced...

Leach v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 176
Docket Number: CR-17-28

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed the trial court’s denial of his petition to correct an illegal sentence pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-11b and petition for writ of habeas corpus seeking release from custody. The Supreme Court affir...

Heffernan v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 177
Docket Number: CR-81-82

Justia Opinion Summary: The Arkansas Supreme Court denied Petitioner’s pro se second petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a petition for writ of error coram nobis. Petitioner, who was convicted by a jury of capital f...

James Tree & Crane Service Inc. v. Fought (Majority)  
Date: May 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 173
Docket Number: CV-16-566

Justia Opinion Summary: In this negligence action, the circuit court granted Plaintiff’s motion for a new trial and set aside the jury’s unanimous verdict in favor of Defendants. Defendants appealed, arguing that none of the arguments raised in...

Earls v. Arkansas Department of Human Services (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: May 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 171
Docket Number: CV-17-112

Justia Opinion Summary: The Arkansas Supreme Court reversed the circuit court’s order terminating Father’s parental rights to his twin children. The circuit court found that Father was an unfit parent based on two statutory grounds under Ark. C...

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