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Recent Decisions From the Arkansas Supreme Court

Strain v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 104
Docket Number: CR-08-616

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of first-degree murder. Petitioner was sentenced to 300 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. Now before the Supreme Court was Petitioner’s pro se petition t...

Mohammed v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 101
Docket Number: CR-16-415

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to an aggregate sentence of fifty-five years’ imprisonment. Defendant later filed a petition to correct an illegal sentence under Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-11...

Fulton v. State(2) (Per Curiam)
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 105
Docket Number: CR-17-35
Muntaqim v. Hobbs (Majority)  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 97
Docket Number: CV-15-789

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, an inmate, filed a complaint against twenty-two employees of the Arkansas Department of Corrections alleging violations of his civil rights. Specifically, Appellant claimed that he was denied access to certain...

Pelts v. Pelts (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 98
Docket Number: CV-16-151

Justia Opinion Summary: Gregory Pelts and Shelly Pelts divorced in 2014. In the divorce decree, the circuit court granted Shelly a marital portion of Gregory’s military retirement and ordered Gregory to pay for a survivor-benefit option for She...

Williamson v. Baptist Health Medical Center (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 92
Docket Number: CV-16-185

Justia Opinion Summary: Cynthia Frazier, an employee of Baptist Medical Center, was fatally injured when she was struck by a car driven by a fellow Baptist employee as she walked across the Baptist campus. Frazier’s estate sued Baptist for wron...

Truman Arnold Cos. v. Miller County Circuit Court (Majority)  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 94
Docket Number: CV-16-233

Justia Opinion Summary: Teresa Jones filed claims against Truman Arnold Companies (TAC) for negligent supervision, retention, and hiring of a store manager, claiming that she was a victim of sexual assault and harassment while employed by TAC a...

Truman Arnold Cos. v. Miller County Circuit Court (Majority)  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 100
Docket Number: CV-16-234

Justia Opinion Summary: Patricia Adams filed claims against Truman Arnold Companies (TAC) for negligent supervision, retention, and hiring of a store manager, claiming that she was a victim of sexual assault and harassment while employed by TAC...

Stone v. Washington Regional Medical Center (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 90
Docket Number: CV-16-277

Justia Opinion Summary: Washington Regional Medical Center (WRMC) filed a petition to quiet title in certain property, claiming to be the legal owner of the property after having acquired fee-simple title from the City by quitclaim deed and fil...

Chandler v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (Dissenting)
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 103
Docket Number: CV-16-824
Pritchett v. City of Hot Springs (Majority)  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 95
Docket Number: CV-16-840

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Hot Springs passed an ordinance annexing two tracts of property under Ark. Code Ann. 14-40-501. Certain property owners filed a complaint to set aside the annexation, arguing that the statutory scheme authori...

Fulton v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 102
Docket Number: CV-16-929

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to 420 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed on appeal. Thereafter, Defendant filed a pro se petition for writ of habeas c...

Wells v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 88
Docket Number: CR-16-1069

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of criminal-attempt first-degree murder and two counts of committing a terroristic act. The court of appeals affirmed Appellant’s convictions and sentences. Appellant later...

Lyons v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 87
Docket Number: CR-16-624

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault. Petitioner was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment. No appeal was taken from the judgment of conviction. Petitioner then sought leave fro...

City of Benton v. Alcoa Road Storage Inc. (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 78
Docket Number: CV-16-22

Justia Opinion Summary: Alcoa Road Storage, Inc. was awarded attorneys’ fees in a judgment arising from a condemnation proceeding. The City of Benton appealed, arguing that the circuit court erred in awarding attorneys’ fees because there is no...

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