Arkansas Supreme Court Decisions

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Recent Decisions From the Arkansas Supreme Court

In re Amend. Ark. Sup. Ct. R. 4-2 (Per Curiam)
Date: June 8, 2018
Citation: 2018 Ark. 214
IN RE ARKANSAS CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION BOARD (Per Curiam)
Date: June 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 Ark. 213
Lukach v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 Ark. 208
Docket Number: CR-16-574

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the circuit court’s denial of Appellant’s pro se petition for relief under Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111, in which Appellant challenged his convictions in f...

Thornton v. Guynn (Majority)  
Date: June 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 Ark. 211
Docket Number: CR-17-801

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that because the petition that was the subject of the mandamus action in this case was acted on by Respondent, the mandamus action was moot. Petitioner filed a pro se petition or writ of mandamus...

Jackson v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 Ark. 209
Docket Number: CR-17-972

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court did not err in denying Appellant’s pro se petition to reconsider and/or modify sentence, in which Appellant sought postconviction relief from his sentence. The trial court denied relief, concluding that...

Kennedy v. Felts (Majority)  
Date: June 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 Ark. 210
Docket Number: CV-16-1017

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court remanded this matter regarding Appellant’s pro se petition to proceed in forma pauperis in a civil action. After the circuit court originally denied Appellant’s petition to proceed in forma pauperis, t...

Wallace A. Gardner v. Wendy Kelley, Director, Arkansas Department of Correction (Majority)
Date: June 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 Ark. 212
Docket Number: CV-18-141
Grant v. Kelley (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 Ark. 204
Docket Number: CV-18-164

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from an order of the circuit court denying his pro se motion for relief from judgment filed pursuant to Ark. R. Civ. P. 60, thus rendering Appellant’s motions connected to t...

Love v. Kelley (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 Ark. 206
Docket Number: CV-18-218

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from an order of the circuit court dismissing Appellant’s petition for writ of habeas corpus, rendering moot Appellant’s motion for an extension of time to file his brief-in...

Tarver v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: May 31, 2018
Citation: 2018 Ark. 202
Docket Number: CR-17-276

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions of capital murder, kidnapping, and other crimes, holding that Defendant was not entitled to reversal of his convictions. Specifically, the Court held (1) the evidence w...

Hill v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: May 31, 2018
Citation: 2018 Ark. 194
Docket Number: CR-17-709

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s conviction of aggravated residential burglary and sentence of life imprisonment, holding that there was no prejudicial error in the proceedings below. Specifically, the Court held...

Riley v. State (Dissenting)  
Date: May 31, 2018
Citation: 2018 Ark. 200
Docket Number: CR-18-165

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from the trial court’s denial of his motion for a new trial based on newly discovered evidence, holding that it was clear from the record that Appellant could not prevail on...

Wooton v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: May 31, 2018
Citation: 2018 Ark. 198
Docket Number: CR-95-975

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner’s pro se petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the circuit court to consider a petition for writ of error coram nobis, holding that Petitioner neither demonstrated that the writ should...

Harmon v. Jackson (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: May 31, 2018
Citation: 2018 Ark. 196
Docket Number: CV-17-888

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court’s grant of summary judgment and dismissal of Plaintiff’s civil rights and tort complaint on the ground of failure to exhaust administrative remedies. Plaintiff, an inmate inc...

Harris v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: May 24, 2018
Citation: 2018 Ark. 179
Docket Number: CR-17-533

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant a resentencing hearing and imposing a life sentence with parole eligibility pursuant to the Fair Sentencing of Minors Act of 2017 (FSMA), holdin...

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