Arkansas Supreme Court Decisions 2016

Martini v. Price (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: December 22, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 472
Docket Number: 15-1045

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant’s former stepson, G.L., was born to Mother. After Appellant and Mother married, they had a daughter, E.M. Mother later filed a complaint for divorce against Appellant. The decree of divorce granted custody of E...

In re Ark. State Bd. of Law Examr's (Per Curiam)
Date: December 22, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 474
In re Ark. Sup. Ct. Comm. Civ. Practice (Per Curiam)
Date: December 22, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 475
In re Chief Justice Howard W. Brill (Per Curiam)
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 465
In re Retirement of Danielson (Per Curiam)
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 466
In re Sup. Ct. Comm. Prof'l Conduct (Per Curiam)
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 467
In re Ark. R. Prof'l Conduct 1.19 (Per Curiam)
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 468
In re Eleventh W. Judicial Cir. (Per Curiam)
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 469
In re Code of Jud. Conduct (Per Curiam)
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 470
Noble v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 463
Docket Number: CR-00-587

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of residential burglary and rape. Petitioner was sentenced as a habitual offender to 900 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. Petitioner later filed this, h...

Flemons v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 460
Docket Number: CR-14-416

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of three counts of delivery of cocaine and one count of delivery of a counterfeit substance. Appellant was sentenced to 552 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirm...

Lee v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 464
Docket Number: CR-14-923
Williams v. State (Majority)  
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 459
Docket Number: CR-16-245

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of five counts of aggravated robbery and five counts of theft of property obtained by threat of serious physical injury. Appellant was sentenced to fifty years’ imprisonment. T...

Geatches v. State (Majority)  
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 452
Docket Number: CR-16-374

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to 144 months’ imprisonment. Thereafter, Appellant filed an untimely petition for postconviction relief under Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1. The circuit...

McClinton v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 461
Docket Number: CR-16-79

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of raping a mentally handicapped sixteen-year-old girl. Appellant was sentenced as a habitual offender to life imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed. Thereafter, Appellant filed in the trial co...

Hendrix v. Alcoa Inc. (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 453
Docket Number: CV-15-558

Justia Opinion Summary: Guy Hendrix, the decedent in this case, worked for Alcoa Inc. for nearly thirty years. After he retired, Hendrix filed a claim against Alcoa for workers’ compensation benefits, alleging that he was exposed to asbestos du...

Foster v. Foster (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 456
Docket Number: CV-15-850

Justia Opinion Summary: Christopher Foster and Leah Foster were divorced pursuant to a divorce decree that awarded Leah primary custody of the parties’ three children, with Christopher receiving visitation. The decree approved the parties’ sett...

Ward v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 471
Docket Number: CV-16-316

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter. The Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) initially calculated Appellant’s term of imprisonment to total an aggregate term of 240 months’ imprisonment. However, t...

Rayford v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 462
Docket Number: CV-16-567

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. The Supreme Court affirmed. Appellant subsequently sought prostconviction relief through several legal r...

In re Sup. Ct. Comm. Automt'n (Per Curiam)
Date: December 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 451
Carter v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 448
Docket Number: CR-09-831

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of several drug offenses. Petitioner was sentenced to a term of life imprisonment on the charge of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, to be served consecutively...

Gay v. State (Majority)  
Date: December 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 433
Docket Number: CR-15-948

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of one count of capital felony murder and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the circuit court (1) did not violate Appellant’s right to a fair and imp...

Liggins v. State (Majority)  
Date: December 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 432
Docket Number: CR-16-36

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and first-degree battery. Defendant was sentenced to an aggregate sentence of sixty-five years’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. Thereafter,...

Valley v. State (Majority)  
Date: December 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 443
Docket Number: CR-16-362

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was found in criminal contempt for failing to appear as counsel at his client’s jury trial. Appellant appealed, arguing that he could not be held in contempt for willfully violating the trial court’s scheduling...

Wells v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 449
Docket Number: CR-16-411

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, who was convicted on a drug possession charge, filed a pro se petition for writ of certiorari seeking review of the trial court’s decision to deny a motion for an appeal bond and remand with directions for the...

Matthews v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 447
Docket Number: CR-16-475

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1982, judgment was entered reflecting that Appellant pleaded guilty to capital felony murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. In 2016, Appellant filed a pro se petition for writ of error coram no...

Howard v. State (Majority)  
Date: December 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 434
Docket Number: CR-16-7

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder. Appellant received a combined term of thirty-eight years’ imprisonment for these convi...

King v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 450
Docket Number: CR-16-803

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner entered a plea of guilty to theft by receiving and was sentenced o sixty months’ imprisonment to be followed by a suspended imposition of sentence for thirty-six months. Petitioner’s suspended sentence was lat...

SEECO Inc. v. Snow (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: December 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 444
Docket Number: CV-15-197

Justia Opinion Summary: Edward Snow, individually and as putative class representative on behalf of all similarly situated people, filed a complaint against SEECO, Inc. alleging that SEECO had underpaid royalties to plaintiffs, a group of lando...

SEECO Inc. v. Stewmon (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: December 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 435
Docket Number: CV-15-198

Justia Opinion Summary: In this class action case, the circuit court granted class certification to a group of landowners who entered into natural gas leases with SEECO, Inc., DeSoto Gathering Company, and Southwestern Midstream Services Compan...

SEECO Inc. v. Stewmon (Majority, with Concurring)
Date: December 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark 435
Docket Numbers: CV-15-816, CV-15-198
Smith v. Pavan (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: December 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 437
Docket Number: CV-15-988

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellees, three married female couples, filed suit against Appellant, the director of the Arkansas Department of Health, seeking a declaration that the refusal to issue birth certificates with the names of both spouses...

CACH, LLC v. Echols (Majority)  
Date: December 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 446
Docket Number: CV-16-248

Justia Opinion Summary: CACH, LLC filed a complaint against William Echols alleging that Echols breached his contract with a bank when he defaulted on his obligation to pay for charges incurred on a credit card and that, as current owner of the...

Ellis v. Arkansas Department of Human Services (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: December 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 441
Docket Number: CV-16-555

Justia Opinion Summary: After C.E. was born, the circuit court ordered C.E. to be removed from his mother and placed in the custody of the Arkansas Department of Human Services (ADHS). The court subsequently entered an adjudication order findin...

In re Ark. Jud. Disc. & Disability Comm'n (Per Curiam)
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 431
Turner v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 423
Docket Number: CR-15-853

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was found guilty of aggravated robbery and theft of property with a firearm enhancement. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed on appeal. Appellant later filed a pro se petiti...

State v. Gray (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 411
Docket Number: CR-15-890

Justia Opinion Summary: On November 13, 2014, Defendant was charged by information with one count of theft by deception, a Class B felony. The State averred in the information that the offense was committed between June 1, 2011 and June 14, 201...

Horton v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 424
Docket Number: CR-16-203

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of aggravated residential burglary, theft of property, and failure to appear. The court of appeals affirmed. Thereafter, Appellant filed a petition for postconviction relief...

Newman v. State (Majority)  
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 413
Docket Number: CR-16-412

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, Petitioner was convicted of one count of capital murder and sentenced to death. In 2014, the Supreme Court vacated Petitioner’s conviction and sentence and remanded for a new trial, concluding that Petitioner wa...

Limbocker v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 415
Docket Number: CR-16-53

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant entered into a negotiated plea of guilty for breaking or entering and criminal mischief. The judgment and commitment order reflected a sentence of seventy-two months’ incarceration on the breaking or entering a...

Bienemy v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 427
Docket Number: CR-16-687

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of capital murder, as an accomplice. In 2008, Appellant filed a pro se petition for postconviction relief under Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1. On the same day, Appellant filed a petition for scientific te...

Pennington v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 428
Docket Numbers: CR-16-706, CR-16-707, CR-16-708

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1978, Appellant entered a negotiated plea of guilty in the circuit court in three cases. Under Act 1993 of 1977, which was in effect when Appellant committed the offenses, he was not eligible for release on parole unl...

Richard v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 429
Docket Number: CR-16-794

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of two counts of forgery in the second degree. The court of appeals affirmed. Petitioner subsequently filed an amended pro se petition for postconviction relief pursuant to...

Smith v. State (Majority)  
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 417
Docket Number: CR-16-87

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Appellant was convicted of raping a young girl and sentenced to forty years’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. Appellant subsequently filed a petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Cri...

Thrower v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 425
Docket Number: CR-16-949
Mann v. Pierce (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 418
Docket Number: CV-15-595

Justia Opinion Summary: Randeep Mann targeted Dr. Trent Pierce in a bombing. Dr. Pierce was seriously injured in the bombing. Mann was subsequently convicted of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against a person within th...

Gildehaus v. Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Majority)  
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 414
Docket Number: CV-16-257

Justia Opinion Summary: Michelle Jameson received a conditional permit for a liquor store in Rogers, Arkansas. After Jameson sold one bottle of liquor, the Board granted approval to place Jameson’s permit on inactive status. Jameson subsequentl...

Ward v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 430
Docket Number: CV-16-316

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter. The sentencing order reflected a sentence of 240 months’ imprisonment for the manslaughter conviction and the imposition of a consecutive firearm enhancement of 120...

Moore v. Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Majority)  
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 422
Docket Number: CV-16-47

Justia Opinion Summary: Sarah Gildehaus filed a liquor-permit application for her store. The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted unanimously to issue a permit to Gildehaus. Christopher Moore appealed, arguing that the Board’s decisi...

Dunahue v. Dennis (Per Curiam)  
Date: December 1, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 426
Docket Number: CV-16-472

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Appellant was convicted of aggravated robbery. In 2016, Appellant tendered a pro se pleading asking the Supreme Court to intervene and to direct the circuit court judge and circuit clerk to permit him to file hi...

In re Dist. Ct. Res. Assessment Bd. (Per Curiam)
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 407
In re Amend. to R. Governing Admission to the Bar (Per Curiam)
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 408
In re Ark. Access to Justice Comm'n (Per Curiam)
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 409
In re Client Sec. Fund Comm. (Per Curiam)
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 410
Wallace v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 400
Docket Number: CR-03-713

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of murder in the first degree and sentenced to 480 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. Now before the Supreme Court was Petitioner’s third pro se petition...

Kinsey v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 393
Docket Number: CR-15-521

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of one count each of first-degree murder and second-degree murder. The Supreme Court affirmed on direct appeal, holding (1) Appellant’s argument that the circuit court erred in...

Dennis v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 395
Docket Number: CR-15-724

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of capital murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, and two counts of kidnapping. Defendant elected to forgo sentencing by the jury. The State did not seek the death penalt...

Taylor v. State (Majority)  
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 392
Docket Number: CR-16-433

Justia Opinion Summary: After a bench trial, Appellant was convicted of carrying a weapon in violation of Ark. Code Ann. 5-73-120. Appellant appealed, arguing, among other things, that the circuit court erred in failing to obtain a valid jury-t...

Smith v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 401
Docket Number: CR-16-602

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant entered a negotiated plea of guilty of aggravated robbery, theft of property, furnishing a prohibited article, and third-degree battery. Appellant later filed a pro se petition for postconviction relief pursuan...

Garcia v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 402
Docket Number: CR-16-714

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of two counts of rape involving a thirteen-year-old girl and was sentenced to an aggregate term of 600 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. Appellant then filed a petition for post...

Porchia v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 403
Docket Number: CR-16-765

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of four counts of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church. The court of appeals affirmed. Seventy-two days after the court of appeals’ mandate had...

Billings v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 404
Docket Number: CR-16-791

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner pleaded guilty to delivery of a counterfeit substance and delivery of a controlled substance. Petitioner later filed a pro se petition to correct or reduce his sentence. The trial court denied the petition. Pe...

Henington v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 405
Docket Number: CR-16-798

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in 2009, Petitioner was found guilty of the rape of his six-year-old step-granddaughter. The court of appeals affirmed. Thereafter, Petitioner filed a petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark...

United Food & Commercial Workers International Union v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 397
Docket Number: CV-15-900

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants in this case included a Union, a subsidiary of the Union, and John Does (collectively, Defendants) who conducted demonstrations to help current and former Walmart employees on issues related to their employmen...

Millsap v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 406
Docket Number: CV-16-729

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to capital murder, terroristic threatening, and second-degree battery. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole and two six-year terms of imprisonment to run...

Thompson v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: November 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 383
Docket Number: CR-16-207

Justia Opinion Summary: The facts related to this appeal stemmed from Attorney Theodis N. Thompson Jr.’s representation of Michael Baker on criminal charges. The circuit court found Thompson in criminal contempt for his failure to appear at a s...

Cason v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 387
Docket Number: CR-16-263

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1991, Appellant pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and several other offenses, for which he was sentenced to an aggregate term of fifty years’ imprisonment. In 2015, Appellant filed a motion to correct time spent in...

Green v. State (Majority)  
Date: November 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 386
Docket Number: CR-16-474

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1979, Appellant pleaded guilty to murder in the first degree and was sentenced to imprisonment for the “rest of his natural life.” In 2014, Appellant filed in the trial court a petition for writ of error coram nobis o...

Millsap v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 391
Docket Number: CR-16-662

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998, Appellant pleaded guilty to capital murder, terroristic threatening, and second-degree battery. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the murder conviction. In 2015,...

Carter v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 390
Docket Number: CR-87-209

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was convicted of rape, aggravated robbery, and burglary. Petitioner was sentenced as a habitual offender to consecutive terms of life imprisonment for rape and an aggregate sentence of fort...

Havner v. Northeast Arkansas Electric Cooperative (Majority)  
Date: November 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 382
Docket Number: CV-16-219

Justia Opinion Summary: After Tony Havner was injured in a motorcycle accident involving an overhead communications cable, Havner and his wife, Tina Havner, filed a negligence action against Northeast Arkansas Electric Cooperative (NAEC) and ot...

Robinson Nursing & Rehabilitation Center v. Phillips (Other)  
Date: November 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 388
Docket Number: CV-16-584

Justia Opinion Summary: In this opinion authored by Associate Justice Rhonda Wood, Judge Wood considered a motion to disqualify filed by Appellees asking that Wood recuse from hearing an appeal and any case involving Michael Morton or his nursi...

Jones v. Ark. Dep't of Human Servs. (Per Curiam)
Date: November 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 389
Docket Number: CV-16-921
Evans v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 377
Docket Number: CR-03-944

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of aggravated robbery, theft of property, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court of appeals affirmed. Petitioner later filed a pro se petition seeking rein...

Carter v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 378
Docket Number: CR-08-1385

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of aggravated robbery. Petitioner was sentenced to 360 months in prison. The court of appeals affirmed. Petitioner later filed a pro se petition to reinvest jurisdiction in...

Ortega v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: November 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 372
Docket Number: CR-16-106

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of rape. Appellant was sentenced as a habitual offender to life imprisonment. Appellant appealed, arguing that the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction and that...

Luper v. State (Majority)  
Date: November 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 371
Docket Number: CR-16-244

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of rape. Appellant was sentenced to twenty-three years’ imprisonment. Appellant later filed a petition for postconviction relief, asserting eleven claims of ineffective assista...

Wooten v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 376
Docket Number: CR-16-281

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of rape and aggravated-residential burglary. Appellant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in finding that the victim was competent to testify. The court of appeals...

Malone v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 379
Docket Number: CR-16-599

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to seventy-two months’ imprisonment. Appellant subsequently filed multiple pleadings in the trial court, all of which essentially claimed that he...

Thompson v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 380
Docket Number: CR-16-728

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of two counts of rape. Appellant was sentenced to a term of 120 months’ imprisonment on each count, to be served consecutively. Thereafter, Appellant field a timely, verifie...

Jones v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: November 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 381
Docket Number: CV-16-381

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed in the Circuit Court of Lincoln County a pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus. At the time he filed the petition, Appellant was incarcerated at a unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction located...

Berks v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: October 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 364
Docket Number: CR-15-274

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated robbery. The trial court sentenced Appellant to consecutive sentences of thirty years’ imprisonment for each of the charges. Appellant subsequently filed a p...

Mitchell v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: October 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 365
Docket Number: CR-16-190

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1969, Appellant pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2015, Appellant filed a pro se petition for writ of error coram nobis, for correction of sentence, and for declaratory j...

Lyons v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: October 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 367
Docket Number: CR-16-624

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault. No appeal was taken from the judgment of conviction. Petitioner now sought to proceed with a belated appeal under Ark. R. App. P-Crim. 2(e)...

Rea v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 368
Docket Number: CR-16-643

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of four counts of computer exploitation of a child in the first degree and of twenty counts of distributing, possessing, or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduc...

Davis v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: October 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 366
Docket Number: CR-16-857
Heffernan v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: October 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 369
Docket Number: CV-16-587

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of capital murder for the death of a fourteen-year-old girl. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Thereafter, Appellant challenged his conviction by...

Ross v. Martin (Majority)  
Date: October 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 362
Docket Number: CV-16-776

Justia Opinion Summary: This was the second part of a bifurcated case concerning a proposed amendment to the state Constitution referred to as “An Amendment to Limit Attorney Contingency Fees and Non-Economic Damages in Medical Lawsuits.” Petit...

Benca v. Martin (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: October 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 359
Docket Number: CV-16-785

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the sufficiency of signatures counted by Mark Martin, the Secretary of State, in the initial ballot petition, “The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act.” The Act was on the November 8, 2016 ballot and...

Lange v. Martin (Majority)
Date: October 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 363
Docket Number: CV-16-796
Hall v. Bolin (Per Curiam)
Date: October 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 370
Docket Number: CV-16-947
In re Rule VII-Admission to the Bar (Per Curiam)
Date: October 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 355
In re Ark. Sup. Ct. Admin. Order No. 17 (Per Curiam)
Date: October 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 356
Thacker v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: October 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 350
Docket Number: CR-15-1034

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Appellant pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder and kidnapping. In 2015, Appellant filed a petition for writ of error coram nobis, alleging that the prosecutor withheld certain video evidence in violation o...

Whalen v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: October 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 343
Docket Number: CR-15-1067

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, the Arkansas State Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint on an exit ramp on an interstate. Appellant was stopped and subsequently arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. After a bench trial, Appell...

Doty v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: October 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 341
Docket Number: CR-16-126

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of first-degree battery and sentenced to ten years in prison. The court of appeals affirmed. Appellant later filed a petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1, alleging...

Davis v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: October 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 352
Docket Number: CR-16-505

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and rape by forcible compulsion. Appellant later filed a pro se petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1, alleging that his guilty plea was not...

Johnson v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: October 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 353
Docket Number: CR-16-702
Pitts v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: October 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 345
Docket Number: CR-80-40

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of capital felony murder. The conviction was affirmed on appeal. Petitioner later asked the Supreme Court to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court so that it may consider a writ of error coram...

Strawhacker v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: October 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 348
Docket Number: CR-90-198

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1990, Petitioner was convicted of rape. Petitioner later asked the Supreme Court to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court so that it may consider whether a writ of error coram nobis. The petition arose from the Dep...

Wilson v. Martin (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: October 13, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 334
Docket Number: CV-16-763

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned the proposed constitutional amendment known as An Amendment to Limit Attorney Contingency Fees and Non-Economic Damages in Medical Lawsuits. The Attorney General certified the popular name, as modifie...

Ross v. Martin (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: October 13, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 340
Docket Number: CV-16-776

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned the proposed constitutional amendment known as An Amendment to Limit Attorney Contingency Fees and Non-Economic Damages in Medical Lawsuits. Petitioners brought this original action seeking an order t...

Rose v. Martin (Majority)  
Date: October 13, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 339
Docket Number: CV-16-790

Justia Opinion Summary: The Arkansas Attorney General issued an opinion approving the popular name and ballot title for a proposed constitutional amendment known as The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016. Petitioner, individually and...

Lange v. Martin (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: October 13, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 337
Docket Number: CV-16-796

Justia Opinion Summary: Issue No. 5 was a proposed constitutional amendment to allow three casinos to operate in three counties in Arkansas. The Secretary of State certified to place Issue No. 5 on the November 8, 2016 ballot. Petitioners, indi...

In re Comm. on Child Support (Per Curiam)
Date: October 6, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 331
In re Ark. Pro Bono Week (Per Curiam)
Date: October 6, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 332
Wilson v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: October 6, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 327
Docket Number: CR-05-870

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of capital murder based on accomplice liability and was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. The Supreme Court affirmed, concluding that sufficient evidence supported the conviction bas...

Thompson v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: October 6, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 333
Docket Number: CR-16-260

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of first-degree murder. Appellant was sentenced to 480 months in prison. Appellant later filed a verified pro se petition for postconviction relief seeking to vacate the jud...

Johnson v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: October 6, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 329
Docket Number: CR-16-484

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery. Appellant was sentenced to an aggregate sentence of 480 months’ imprisonment. Appellant later filed a pro se petition for writ of error coram nobis, a petition for corre...

Cook v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: October 6, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 328
Docket Number: CR-16-58

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and was sentenced to an aggregate sentence of 720 months’ imprisonment. Appellant later filed a petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Civ. P. 37.1. The tri...

Siler v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: October 6, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 330
Docket Number: CR-16-609
Mitchell v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: October 6, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 326
Docket Number: CV-16-318

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder. The Supreme Court affirmed on appeal. Appellant filed a petition for postconviction relief under Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1, which was denied. The Supreme Court dismissed Appell...

State v. Canada (Majority)  
Date: September 22, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 318
Docket Number: CR-15-1013

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, Derrick Price died as a result of a homicide, and a district judge signed Defendant’s arrest warrant for the homicide. Defendant was incarcerated for separate charges of aggravated robbery and attempted first-de...

Ferguson v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: September 22, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 319
Docket Number: CR-15-1061

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of second-degree domestic burglary. Defendant was sentenced to five years’ incarceration with an additional one-year enhanced penalty for committing the offense in the presence...

Flemons v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: September 22, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 323
Docket Number: CR-15-846

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant entered nolo contendere pleas in two cases. The judgment imposed an aggregate sentence of 360 months’ imprisonment in the two criminal cases, in conjunction with the court’s granting a petition to revoke the su...

Millsap v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: September 22, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 324
Docket Number: CV-16-404

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998, Appellant entered negotiated pleas of guilty to charges of capital murder, first-degree terroristic threatening, and second-degree battery. Appellant received a sentence of life without parole on the capital-mur...

Conway v. Martin (Majority)  
Date: September 22, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 322
Docket Number: CV-16-756

Justia Opinion Summary: On July 7, 2016, the Secretary of State certified that The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act had met the constitutional signature requirements in order to place the proposed initiated act on the Arkansas general election bal...

In re Barrow (Per Curiam)
Date: September 22, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 325
Docket Number: D-16-774
In re Comm. Model Jury Instructions (Per Curiam)
Date: September 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 313
In re Appellate-Motion Electronic Filing (Per Curiam)
Date: September 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 314
In re Sup. Ct. Comm. on Child Support (Per Curiam)
Date: September 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 315
In re Bd. of Certified Court Reporter Exam'rs (Per Curiam)
Date: September 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 317
Bienemy v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: September 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 312
Docket Number: CR-08-514

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of being an accomplice to capital murder. Petitioner was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Petitioner’s conviction was affirmed on appeal. Now before the Supre...

Walden v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: September 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 306
Docket Number: CR-14-447

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of aggravated robbery. Appellant was sentenced as a habitual offender to 720 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. Thereafter, Appellant filed a petition for...

Brooks v. State (Majority)  
Date: September 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 305
Docket Number: CR-15-997

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of capital murder and abuse of a corpose. Appellant was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder conviction. Appellant appealed, arguing that the circuit co...

Jones v. State (Majority)  
Date: September 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 304
Docket Number: CR-16-61

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder, and two enhancements. Appellant was sentenced to fifty-five years’ imprisonment. Appellant subsequently filed a petition fo...

State v. Griffin (Per Curiam)
Date: September 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 308
Docket Number: CR-16-704
Smith v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: September 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 307
Docket Number: CV-16-167

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1977, Appellant pleaded guilty to rape and aggravated robbery. Appellant was sentenced to life without parole for the rape conviction. The trial court later granted Appellant’s motion for a new trial and again convict...

Bloodman v. Ligon (Per Curiam)
Date: September 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 309
Docket Number: CV-16-434
In re Pilkinton (Per Curiam)
Date: September 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 311
Docket Number: D-16-780
Lange v. Martin (Per Curiam)
Date: September 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 303
Docket Number: CV-16-796
Ross v. Martin (Per Curiam)
Date: September 9, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 300
Docket Number: CV-16-776
Benca v. Martin (Per Curiam)
Date: September 9, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 301
Docket Number: CV-16-785
Lange v. Martin (Per Curiam)
Date: September 9, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 302
Docket Number: CV-16-796
Perez v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: September 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 298
Docket Number: CR-16-557
Jones v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: September 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 299
Docket Number: CR-16-588
Jackson v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: July 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 294
Docket Number: CR-03-1127

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to eighty years’ imprisonment. The conviction and sentence were affirmed on appeal. Now before the Supreme Court was Petitioner’s four...

Stenhouse v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: July 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 295
Docket Number: CR-04-1207

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of capital murder and committing a felony with a firearm and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole plus fifteen years’ imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed. Now before the Supreme Cou...

Davis v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: July 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 296
Docket Number: CR-09-339

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was convicted of capital murder and attempted first-degree murder. Petitioner was sentenced to consecutive terms of life imprisonment without parole and an aggregate terms of 720 months’ im...

Lee v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: July 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 293
Docket Number: CR-14-923

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of committing a terrorist act, attempting to commit first-degree battery, and four counts of aggravated assault and sentenced to an aggregate term of 1020 months’ imprisonment. The Court of Appeal...

Airsman v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: July 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 297
Docket Number: CR-16-367

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with an enhancement of 180 months’ imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed. Petitioner later filed two petitions for postconviction reli...

Neal v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 30, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 287
Docket Number: CR-15-983

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, possession of firearms by certain persons, and possession of drug paraphernalia. At the time of the entry of the guilty plea, Appellant entered a drug court admission fo...

Stehle v. Zimmerebner (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: June 30, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 290
Docket Number: CV-15-953

Justia Opinion Summary: Katie Stehle and Ernest Zimmerebner divorced in 2001. In 2014, the circuit court found that Stehle was in willful contempt for her failure to pay child support as ordered and granted judgment for an arrearage. Along with...

In re Ark. R. Prof'l Conduct 1.5 (Per Curiam)
Date: June 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 286
Floyd v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: June 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 264
Docket Number: CR-15-813

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was charged with one count of rape. When Gerald Crow was a circuit judge he authorized the issuance of an arrest warrant for Appellant. Crow also presided over Appellant’s plea-and-arraignment hearing. Crow the...

Beavers v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 277
Docket Number: CR-15-971

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of rape. Defendant was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of twenty-five years. Defendant filed a petition for postconviction relief, alleging ineffective assistance of counse...

Integrated Direct Mktg. Inc. v. May (Majority)  
Date: June 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 281
Docket Number: CV-15-944

Justia Opinion Summary: Drew May worked for Integrated Direct Marketing, LLC (IDM) as an executive vice president until his termination. May later began working for Merkle, Inc., a competitor of IDM. IDM filed a complaint against May and Markle...

Kelley v. Johnson (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: June 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 268
Docket Number: CV-15-992

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellees were prisoners under sentences of death for capital murder. Appellees filed an amended complaint against the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) challenging the constitutionality of Act 1096 of 2015, which...

McCain Mall Co. Ltd. P'ship v. Pulaski County Circuit Court (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 279
Docket Number: CV-16-25

Justia Opinion Summary: Ethel Long filed a complaint against Simon Property Group and later filed an amended complaint substituting McCain Mall Company Limited Partnership as the actual defendant. Long served McCain Mall’s registered agent, but...

Dunahue v. Dennis (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 285
Docket Number: CV-16-472

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, an inmate, was convicted in 2008 of aggravated robbery. Petitioner was sentenced as a habitual offender to 600 months’ imprisonment. In 2016, Petitioner filed pleadings that the Supreme Court treated as a mot...

Landers v. Stone (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: June 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 272
Docket Number: CV-16-85

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants, current and retired members of the Arkansas judiciary, contested the forfeiture provisions found in Ark. Code Ann. 24-8-215 and 24-8-710 that pertain to the Arkansas Judicial Retirement System. Appellants all...

Ligon v. Tapp (Per Curiam)
Date: June 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 282
Docket Number: D-13-150
Ligon v. Kearney (Per Curiam)
Date: June 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 283
Docket Number: D-16-174
In re James Paul Clouette (Per Curiam)
Date: June 23, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 284
Docket Number: D-16-530
Capital SeniorCare Ventures LLC v. Circuit Court of Pulaski County (Majority)  
Date: June 16, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 263
Docket Number: CV-15-999

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Cindy Clough, as personal representative of the estate of Joyce Vinson, filed an amended complaint against Petitioners Capital SeniorCare Ventures, LLC, et al. (Capital SeniorCare) alleging the same claims as...

Ponder v. Ark. Dep't of Human Servs. (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 16, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 261
Docket Number: CV-16-114

Justia Opinion Summary: After the circuit court adjudicated the three children of Appellee to be neglected, the circuit court found that it was not in the best interest of the children to return to Appellee and granted permanent custody of the...

In re Att'y List (Per Curiam)
Date: June 9, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 260
Wertz v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 9, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 249
Docket Number: CR-07-1155

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Appellant was convicted of two counts of capital murder and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed on direct appeal. Appellant now filed a motion to recall the mandate entered following his direct appeal...

State v. Bragg (Majority)  
Date: June 9, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 242
Docket Number: CR-15-618

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Defendant was ordered to serve five years’ probation after pleading guilty to attempted delivery of cocaine. The circuit court ultimately revoked Defendant’s probation, finding that he had violated the condition...

Friar v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: June 9, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 245
Docket Number: CR-15-825

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of capital murder, two counts of attempted capital murder, and seven counts of committing a terroristic act. Defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for the murder conviction a...

Hill v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 9, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 258
Docket Number: CR-16-349

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1984, Appellant was convicted of two counts each of rape, aggravated robbery, and kidnapping. Appellant later filed a pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus under Act 1780 of 2001 Acts of Arkansas asserting general...

Waller v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: June 9, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 252
Docket Number: CV-15-345

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Appellant entered a guilty plea to charges of first-degree murder, arson, and first-degree battery. Appellant was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of forty years. The Department of Correction calculated Appel...

Johnson v. Butler (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: June 9, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 253
Docket Number: CV-15-480

Justia Opinion Summary: Eugene Butler brought this suit against the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas, alleging that the University violated the Arkansas Whistle-Blower Act (AWBA) upon terminating Appellant from his job as a polic...

Hill v. Gallagher (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 9, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 257
Docket Number: CV-15-816

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed several requests pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act with the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory seeking copies of all evidence kept or obtained by the laboratory related to his criminal cases. The St...

Donley v. Donley (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: June 9, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 243
Docket Number: CV-15-824

Justia Opinion Summary: Kisha Donley was awarded permanent guardianship of M.B., the daughter of Kisha’s half sister, Temika Donley. One year later, Temika filed a petition to remove the guardianship, arguing that the guardianship was no longer...

Halfacre v. Kelley (Per Curiam)
Date: June 9, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 259
Docket Number: CV-15-958
In re Ark. CLE Bd. (Per Curiam)
Date: June 2, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 239
In re Prof'l Conduct Rule 1.19 (Per Curiam)
Date: June 2, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 240
In re Comm. Unauthorized Pract. of Law (Per Curiam)
Date: June 2, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 241
Chatmon v. Arkansas (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 2, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 236
Docket Number: CR-13-1006

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Rolandis Chatmon was in jail at the time of his applications to the Arkansas Supreme Court for a writ of coram nobis. He was incarcerated on three counts of aggravated robbery and one count of theft of propert...

Vera v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: June 2, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 238
Docket Number: CR-16-136
Courtyard Gardens Health & Rehab. v. Sheffield (Majority)  
Date: June 2, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 235
Docket Number: CV-15-1053

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants Courtyard Gardens Health and Rehabilitation, LLC and others (“collectively Courtyard”), appealed a circuit court order denying their motion to dismiss and compel arbitration of the claims brought against them...

In re Corn (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 2, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 229
Docket Number: CV-15-902

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant James Corn appealed a circuit court order denying his petition to establish a special-needs trust pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1396p(d)(4)(A). Corn was disabled because of a head injury from which he suffered short-te...

Halfacre v. Kelley (Per Curiam)
Date: June 2, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 237
Docket Number: CV-15-958
Taffner v. Ark. Dep't of Human Servs. (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: June 2, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 231
Docket Number: CV-15-965

Justia Opinion Summary: Chris and Anita Taffner were the adoptive parents of five children who came to their home through foster-care services and were adopted in 2009 and 2011 respectively. On January 2, 2015, the Department of Human Services...

Echols v. Arkansas (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 26, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 225
Docket Number: CR-15-1048

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Bruce Allen Echols was convicted by a jury of four counts of aggravated robbery and was sentenced to four concurrent terms of 360 months’ imprisonment. Echols filed a timely verified petition for postconviction...

Randle v. Arkansas (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 26, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 228
Docket Number: CR-16-77

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Anthony Randle was found guilty by jury of capital murder in the death of Ranson Harrison, for which he was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Randle appealed, and his conviction and sentence was af...

Gerber Prods. Co. v. Hewitt (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: May 26, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 222
Docket Number: CV-15-966

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Gerber Products Company d/b/a Nestle Infant Nutrition d/b/a Nestle Nutrition USA d/b/a Nestle Nutrition USA-Infant Nutrition d/b/a Nestle Nutrition USA-Performance Nutrition (“Gerber”) appealed a circuit court...

Russell v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: May 26, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 224
Docket Number: CV-16-121

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, appellant Roy Russell was found guilty by a jury of second-degree battery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced as a habitual offender to serve 180 months’ imprisonment and 480 months’ i...

Roberts v. Unimin Corp.2 (Dissenting)
Date: May 26, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 227
Docket Number: CV-16-375
Roberts v. Unimin Corp.1 (Dissenting)
Date: May 26, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 226
Docket Number: CV-16-375
In re Comm. on Crim. Practice (Per Curiam)
Date: May 19, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 220
In re Bd. of Certified Ct. Reporters (Per Curiam)
Date: May 19, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 221
Green v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: May 19, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 216
Docket Number: CR-15-1009
Reynolds v. Arkansas (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: May 19, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 214
Docket Number: CR-15-819

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Edward Reynolds appealed after a jury found him guilty of kidnapping and aggravated assault. He was sentenced as a habitual offender to consecutive sentences of life imprisonment and fifteen years’ imprisonment...

Robinson v. Arkansas (Majority)  
Date: May 19, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 211
Docket Number: CR-15-927

Justia Opinion Summary: Dion Robinson was charged by information with committing four counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of felony theft of property, and one count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Robinson was incarcerated followi...

Raglon v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: May 19, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 219
Docket Number: CR-16-266
Walther v. Carrothers Constr. Co. of Ark. (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: May 19, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 209
Docket Number: CV-15-799

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Russellville created the City Corporation to operate, maintain, and improve the city’s municipal waterworks system. The City Corporation managed a water treatment plant that provided potable drinking water to...

Convent Corp. v. City of N. Little Rock (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: May 19, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 212
Docket Number: CV-15-912

Justia Opinion Summary: Convent Corporation brought an interlocutory appeal of a circuit court’s order denying Convent’s motion for class certification; dismissing without prejudice Convent’s trespass claim and its federal and state statutory c...

Whiteside v. Ark. Parole Bd (Per Curiam, with Dissenting)  
Date: May 19, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 217
Docket Number: CV-15-962

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Shawn Whiteside was an inmate incarcerated in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC). Whiteside filed a petition for judicial review of a decision by the Arkansas Parole Board (Parole Board). Whiteside all...

In re Ark. Access to Justice Comm'n (Per Curiam)
Date: May 12, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 207
In re Comm. Civ. Practice (Per Curiam)
Date: May 12, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 208
Ashby v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 12, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 205
Docket Number: CR-94-1016

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, Petitioner was convicted of the rape of a boy and sentenced to thirty years in prison. The court of appeals affirmed. In 2016, Petitioner filed a petition seeking reinvestment of jurisdiction in the trial court...

Muntaqim v. Lay (Per Curiam)
Date: May 12, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 206
Docket Number: CV-15-789
Sherman v. Boeckmann (Per Curiam)
Date: May 12, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 203
Docket Number: CV-15-860
In re Rules of Prof'l Conduct (Per Curiam)
Date: May 12, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 204
Docket Number: CV-16-187
Smith v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 5, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 201
Docket Number: CR-02-228

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of two counts of rape. Petitioner was sentenced to two consecutive terms of twenty years’ imprisonment. Now before the Supreme Court was Petitioner’s fourth pro se applicat...

Smith.C. v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: May 5, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 202
Docket Number: CR-16-275
Whaley v. Beckham (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: May 5, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 196
Docket Number: CV-15-745

Justia Opinion Summary: The circuit court granted Janet Autry’s petition to be appointed temporary guardian of Louise Sheperd. Pam and Don Beckham were allowed to intervene. The circuit court appointed the Beckhams guardians of Sheperd and Firs...

Hill v. Gallagher (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: May 5, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 198
Docket Number: CV-15-816

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed a request for documents related to his criminal case under the Freedom of Information Act. Appellee, the custodian of records for the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory, denied the request on the grounds tha...

In re Redd (Per Curiam)
Date: May 5, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 200
Docket Number: D-16-354
In re Att'y Suspension (Per Curiam)
Date: April 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 195
Moten v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 192
Docket Number: CR-10-980

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of first-degree battery and second-degree battery and sentenced to an aggregate sentence of 264 months’ imprisonment. The convictions were affirmed on appeal. Now before the Supreme Court was Pet...

Russell v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 190
Docket Number: CR-15-975

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of second-degree battery and of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Appellant’s convictions and sentences were affirmed on direct appeal. Appellant subsequently filed...

Horton v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: April 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 193
Docket Number: CR-16-203
Smith v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 194
Docket Number: CR-16-231

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of firearms by certain persons. Petitioner later filed a timely pro se petition pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1 seeking to challenge the judgment. The trial court den...

Stokes v. Stokes (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: April 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 182
Docket Number: CV-15-557

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a dispute between George Stokes and his son, Mason Stokes, over the ownership of farmland in Chicot County. Mason filed a petition to quiet title to the farmland. The circuit court ruled that Mason a...

Columbia Ins. Group v. Cenark Project Mgmt. Servs., Inc. (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 185
Docket Number: CV-15-804

Justia Opinion Summary: Columbia Insurance Group, Inc. and Columbia Mutual Insurance Co. (collectively, Columbia) filed a complaint for declaratory judgment to determine Columbia’s obligations under the Commercial General Liability Insurance Po...

Ark. State Police v. Wren (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 188
Docket Number: CV-15-828

Justia Opinion Summary: Daniel Wren requested from The Arkansas State Police (ASP) unredacted access to certain accident reports under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). ASP contended that its policy of redacting personal information from a...

Ligon v. Bloodman (Per Curiam)
Date: April 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 191
Docket Number: D-16-301
Bowerman v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 180
Docket Number: CR-13-431

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of aggravated robbery, residential burglary, and third-degree battery and sentenced to an aggregate term of 540 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. Petitioner later filed the ins...

Burgess v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 175
Docket Number: CR-15-613

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor domestic battering in the third degree and three counts of felony terroristic threatening in the first degree. Appellant was placed on probation and ordered to serve 120...

State v. Sprenger (Majority)  
Date: April 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 177
Docket Number: CR-15-770

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with rape and possession of child pornography. Defendant moved to suppress ten pornographic images of children discovered during a search of his home pursuant to search warrants. The circuit court s...

Cardenas-Haliburton v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: April 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 181
Docket Number: CR-16-195
Muccio v. Hunt (Majority)  
Date: April 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 178
Docket Number: CV-15-636

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants sued Appellees in circuit court, alleging causes of action for civil conspiracy, intentional interference with a contractual relationship or business expectancy, fraud and fraudulent inducement, and violation...

Ligon v. Kearney (Per Curiam)
Date: April 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 179
Docket Number: D-16-174
In re Admin. Order No. 2(b)(2) (Per Curiam)
Date: April 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 172
In re Admin. Order No. 10 (Per Curiam)
Date: April 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 173
In Memory of Justice Ray Thornton (Per Curiam)
Date: April 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 174
Stover v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 167
Docket Number: CR-15-336

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of possession of methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. The court of appeals affirmed Appellant’s convict...

Johnson v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 156
Docket Number: CR-15-68

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of capital murder ad sentenced to death. The jury sentenced Appellant to death. The Supreme Court affirmed on appeal, holding (1) the circuit court did not err in denying an in...

Fukunaga v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: April 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 164
Docket Number: CR-15-857

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of rape. Defendant was sentenced to ten years in prison. The court of appeals affirmed the conviction. Defendant subsequently filed a petition for postconviction relief arguing...

Burgie v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 170
Docket Number: CR-15-976

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of capital murder and aggravated robbery. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. The Supreme Court affirmed. Appellant later filed a pro se application...

Hendrix v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 168
Docket Number: CR-15-996

Justia Opinion Summary: After a bench trial, Appellant was found guilty of internet stalking of a child and sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. After the court of appeals’ mandate was issued, Appellant filed in...

Booth v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 169
Docket Number: CV-15-1063

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of arson. Appellant was sentenced as a habitual offender to 144 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. Appellant later filed a pro se petition for writ of habe...

Ashley v. Ashley (Majority)  
Date: April 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 161
Docket Number: CV-15-362

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee filed a notice of appeal from a probate order approving a settlement agreement among Appellants. Upon Appellee’s motion, the circuit court extended the time to lodge the record. Appellee subsequently filed a mot...

Mendoza v. WIS Int’l, Inc. (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 157
Docket Number: CV-15-677

Justia Opinion Summary: Corina Mendoza was a passenger in the backseat of a vehicle operated by Anthony Adams when Adams ran into the back of a parked excavator. Mendoza filed a complaint against Adams and WIS International, Inc. and Washington...

Jones v. Douglas (Majority)  
Date: April 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 166
Docket Number: CV-15-809

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants filed a complaint for breach of contract, non-disclosure, rescission, damages, and negligence against Appellees. Appellants obtained a default judgment. Appellees moved to set aside the default judgment on the...

Hammerhead Contracting & Dev. v. Ladd (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 162
Docket Number: CV-15-894

Justia Opinion Summary: Dale Ladd hired Hammerhead Contracting & Development, LLC to build a house. After a dispute arose regarding the amount owed for the construction of Ladd’s home, Brandon Holmes filed a Laborer’s, Mechanic’s, or Materialma...

Halfacre v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 171
Docket Number: CV-15-958

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed an application for in-forma-pauperis status. Because the circuit court denied Appellant’s in-forma-pauperis petition, the circuit court would not file mark the relevant pleadings until Appellant paid the...

In re Ninth East Judicial Circuit
Date: April 7, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 155
Carter v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: April 7, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 152
Docket Number: CR-14-5

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of three counts of rape. Appellant was sentenced to consecutive terms of imprisonment of life, fifty years, and fifty years. Appellant appealed, contending that the trial court...

Blevins v. Hudson (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: April 7, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 150
Docket Number: CV-15-114

Justia Opinion Summary: The parties in this case were Ken Blevins, who was elected as Sebastian County Circuit Clerk in 2011, and David Hudson, who served as the county judge for Sebastian County. Hudson appointed a grievance committee to hear...

Trammell v. Wright (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: April 7, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 147
Docket Number: CV-15-179

Justia Opinion Summary: Linda Wright brought this lawsuit against Travis Trammell, a police officer, alleging that he committed the state-law torts of false arrest and false imprisonment. Trammell moved for summary judgment on the basis of immu...

Worsham v. Bassett (Majority)  
Date: April 7, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 146
Docket Number: CV-15-422

Justia Opinion Summary: Marilyn Worsham worked for a nonprofit agency and was later transferred to a host agency, at which time her pay was reduced. Worsham filed for unemployment benefits, but the Department of Workforce Services denied the cl...

Garrett v. Ark. Dep't of Human Servs. (Per Curiam)
Date: April 7, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 154
Docket Number: CV-16-205
In re Ark. R. App. P.--Crim. 19 (Per Curiam)
Date: March 31, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 145
Sylvester v. State (Majority)  
Date: March 31, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 136
Docket Number: CR-15-522

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of kidnapping, rape, and aggravated robbery. Appellant was sentenced to three terms of life imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed on direct appeal, holding (1) Appellant’s a...

Gonder v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 31, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 140
Docket Number: CR-15-967

Justia Opinion Summary: In two separate cases, Appellant pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and aggravated assault and to furnishing prohibited articles into a correctional facility. Appellant later filed a pro se petition to reinvest jurisd...

Rhoades v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 31, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 142
Docket Number: CR-16-56

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of one count of capital murder in one case and one count of capital murder in another case. Appellant was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment without par...

Cook v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 31, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 143
Docket Number: CR-16-58

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and was sentenced to a total of 720 months in prison. Petitioner later filed in the circuit court an Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1 petition. The trial court denied Petitioner’s Ru...

Burgie v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 31, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 144
Docket Number: Cr-16-59

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of capital murder and aggravated robbery. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. The Supreme Court affirmed. Appellant later filed a pro se petition to...

Covenant Presbytery v. First Baptist Church (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 31, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 138
Docket Number: CV-15-391

Justia Opinion Summary: Settlor executed a will stating that First Presbyterian and First Baptist churches were to receive the remainder of his estate, which consisted largely of farmland. The Settlor named a trustee and directed it to hold the...

Gonder v. Spain (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 31, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 141
Docket Number: CV-15-587

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pled guilty to one count each of first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and attempting to furnish a prohibited article. Appellant later filed an amended civil complaint against the deputy prosecutor, alleging...

Sw. Power Pool Inc. v. Kanis & Denny Roads Suburban Water Improvement Dist. No. 34 (Majority)  
Date: March 31, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 135
Docket Number: CV-15-606

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, the Kanis and Denny Roads Suburban Water Improvement District No. 349 of Pulaski County (the District) reassessed Southwest Power Pool, Inc.’s (SPP) commercial facility, an improvement on its property that is co...

Makkali v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: March 31, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 137
Docket Number: CV-15-856

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of rape and theft of property. Appellant was sentenced to an aggregate term of thirty-five years’ imprisonment. Appellant later filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus pu...

In re Admin. Order No. 8 (Per Curiam)
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 130
In re Admin. Order No. 15.1 (Per Curiam)
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 131
In re Ark. Code Revision Comm. (Per Curiam)
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 133
Berger v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 129
Docket Number: CR-00-210

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was convicted of two counts of rape of a child and sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed. Now before the Court was Petitioner’s pro se petition...

Roberts v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 118
Docket Number: CR-15-417

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, Appellant was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. Thereafter, Appellant filed a waiver of appeal and of postconviction review. The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s waiver of his right to appeal...

Biggs v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 125
Docket Number: CR-15-501

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and was sentenced to 300 months’ imprisonment. Appellant later filed a pro se petition for writ of error coram nobis, alleging that his trial counsel coerced him into a guil...

Chatmon v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 126
Docket Number: CR-15-660

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of three counts of aggravated robbery and one count of theft of property. The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s convictions and sentences on appeal. Thereafter, Appellant f...

State v. Coble (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 114
Docket Number: CR-15-779

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant brought a criminal charge against Appellee, alleging that Appellee had engaged in sexual indecency with a child, in violation of Ark. Code Ann. 5-14-110(a)(4)(C). After a jury trial, the circuit court directed...

Campbell v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 128
Docket Number: CR-16-134
Kimbrell v. State (Dissenting)
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 134
Docket Number: CR-16-90
Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. v. Walker (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 116
Docket Number: CV-15-107

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case were three different versions of an account agreement between Appellees, who are customers of Bank of the Ozarks, and Ozarks, which holds the accounts. The agreements included an arbitration provisi...

Baptist Health Sys. v. Rutledge (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 121
Docket Number: CV-15-616

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, three Arkansas corporations that operate private hospitals in the state, filed a complaint for declaratory judgment seeking a judgment declaring the Arkansas Peer Review Fairness Act unconstitutional. The cir...

Quarles v. Courtyard Gardens Health & Rehab., LLC (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 112
Docket Number: CV-15-711

Justia Opinion Summary: Decedent was a resident of Courtyard Gardens Health and Rehabilitation, LLC for nearly one year when she transferred to another nursing home. Decedent subsequently executed a purported durable power of attorney in favor...

Lipsey v. Cox (Majority)  
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 124
Docket Number: CV-15-785

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants, property owners and holders of oil and gas leases, filed a class-action complaint against Appellee, the circuit court clerk, alleging that Appellee and two of her deputies falsely and fraudulently notarized o...

Lovett v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 127
Docket Number: CV-15-889

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. Appellant was sentenced as a habitual offender to 240 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. Appellant later f...

In re Ark. Bar Ass'n Petition to Amend Rules (Per Curiam)
Date: March 17, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 132
Docket Number: CV-16-187
Robinson v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 110
Docket Number: CR-15-1023

Justia Opinion Summary: In two separate cases, Appellant pleaded guilty to several offenses, including aggravated robbery and theft. Appellant filed a timely petition pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37 alleging that his convictions were the result...

Van Winkle v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: March 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 98
Docket Number: CR-15-324

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of kidnapping, aggravated residential burglary, and other offenses. Appellant was sentenced to fifty-two years’ imprisonment, which included a firearm enhancement. The court of appeals affirmed. T...

Pigg v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 108
Docket Number: CR-15-519

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was found guilty of eleven counts of rape of a victim who was less than fourteen years of age and one count of interference with custody. Appellant was sentenced to consecutive life sentences for each count of...

Sandrelli v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: March 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 103
Docket Number: CR-15-530

Justia Opinion Summary: After a second jury trial, Appellant was convicted of four counts of rape. The court of appeals affirmed. Appellant subsequently filed an Ark. R. Crim. P. 37 petition, alleging ineffective assistance of counsel. Appellan...

Turner v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 96
Docket Number: CR-15-572

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, and maintaining a drug premises. The court of appeals affirmed. Appell...

Tolliver v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 111
Docket Number: CR-16-35

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Appellant pleaded guilty to multiple felony offenses and was sentenced as a habitual offender to 240 months’ imprisonment. Petitioner later filed a petition to correct an illegal sentence, which the trial court...

Swanigan v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 109
Docket Number: CR-93-1127

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in 1993, Petitioner was found guilty of murder in the first degree. Petitioner was sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2016, Petitioner filed his third petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial cou...

Moore v. Moore (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: March 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 105
Docket Number: CV-15-180

Justia Opinion Summary: The circuit court granted Nancy Moore a divorce from David Moore on the ground of general indignities. David appealed, challenging the division of the parties’ property and the award of alimony. The court of appeals dism...

GGNSC Holdings, LLC v. Lamb (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 10, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 101
Docket Number: CV-15-629

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellees, former residents of certain nursing homes and special administrators, guardians, or attorneys-in-fact of former residents, filed a class action complaint against Appellants, GGNSC Holdings, LLC and related ent...

Williams v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 92
Docket Number: CR-08-1453

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner, who represented himself at trial with standby counsel, was convicted of aggravated robbery, terroristic threatening in the first degree, theft of property, and battery in the third degree....

Jordan v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 93
Docket Number: CR-11-1209

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of rape. Petitioner was sentenced as a habitual offender to life imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed. Now before the Court was Petitioner’s pro se petition to reinvest...

Pedraza v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 85
Docket Number: CR-15-542

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. Appellant was sentenced by a jury, and the jury sentenced Appellant to life imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed the sentence. Appellant later filed a pro se verified...

Floyd v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: March 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 86
Docket Number: CR-15-813
O'Neal v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 94
Docket Number: CR-16-50

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, Petitioner was convicted of first-degree murder, robbery, and burglary. In 2014, Petitioner filed a petition to correct an illegal sentence. The circuit court dismissed the petition as untimely. Petitioner subse...

Jackson v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 95
Docket Number: CR-16-74

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner entered a negotiated plea to first-degree murder and received a sentence of 228 months’ imprisonment and an additional 120 months’ suspended imposition of sentence. Petitioner subsequently filed two pro se pet...

In re Estate of Frazier (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 89
Docket Number: CV-16-112

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants filed a motion for rule on clerk, to file the record and have their appeal docketed. The clerk refused to docket the appeal on the grounds that the circuit court’s order granting an extension of time to lodge...

Marshall v. Deutsche Bank Nat'l Trust Co. (Per Curiam)
Date: March 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 90
Docket Number: CV-16-113
Lee v. Ark. Dep't of Human Servs. (Per Curiam, with Dissenting)
Date: March 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 87
Docket Number: CV-16-51
In re Jack W. Gillean (Per Curiam)
Date: March 3, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 91
Docket Number: D-16-131
Grant v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 82
Docket Number: CR-03-1181

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of capital murder and first-degree battery. Petitioner was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Thereafter, Petitioner filed four successive petitions with the Su...

Gardner v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 83
Docket Number: CR-05-472

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of capital murder and aggravated robbery. Appellant was sentenced as a habitual offender to life imprisonment without parole. The Supreme Court affirmed. Appellant later fil...

Oliver v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 78
Docket Number: CR-15-730

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant entered a negotiated plea of guilty to attempted first-degree murder and aggravated robbery and was sentenced to an aggregate term of 780 months’ imprisonment. Appellant later filed in the trial court a pro se...

Kelly v. Kelly (Majority)  
Date: February 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 72
Docket Number: CV-15-231

Justia Opinion Summary: Owen and Mandy Kelly divorced by a decree. The circuit court divided the marital property, awarded primary custody of the children to Mandy and ordered Owen to pay child support and alimony. Owen sought to appeal the awa...

McCafferty v. Oxford Am. Literary Project, Inc. (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: February 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 75
Docket Number: CV-15-264

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed an illegal-exaction lawsuit against The Oxford American Literary Project, Inc. In his complaint, Appellant asserted that the University of Central Arkansas loaned $700,000 to Oxford American out of its ca...

Morgan v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 84
Docket Number: CV-15-428

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to rape and first-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to serve an aggregate terms of sixty years’ imprisonment. Appellant subsequently filed three petitions for writ of error coram nobis. The...

Gray v. White River Health Sys. Inc. (Majority)  
Date: February 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 73
Docket Number: CV-15-614

Justia Opinion Summary: Carolyn Gray brought a medical malpractice action against White River Medical Center and its insurer (collectively, WRMC), alleging failure to intervene, vicarious liability, lack of qualified staff, nondelegable duty, a...

Mitchell v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 79
Docket Number: CV-15-780

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of kidnapping, rape, and first-degree battery. Appellant was sentenced as a habitual offender to consecutive terms of imprisonment for life, life, and forty years. The Supre...

Moten v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 80
Docket Number: CV-15-782

Justia Opinion Summary: After a bench trial, Appellant was found guilty of first- and second-degree battery. Appellant appealed, arguing that he was denied the right to a trial by jury. The court of appeals affirmed, holding that Appellant know...

Smith v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 81
Docket Number: CV-15-887

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of murder in the first degree and burglary. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder conviction and a consecutive six years’ imprisonment for the burglary...

Haile v. Johnston.concurrence (Concurring)
Date: February 25, 2016
Docket Number: CV-16-18
Hutcherson v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 18, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 68
Docket Number: CR-00-645

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of four counts of aggravated robbery, three counts of misdemeanor theft of property, and one count of felony theft of property. The court of appeals affirmed. Appellant late...

Davis v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 18, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 69
Docket Number: CR-09-339

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of capital murder, attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The Supreme Court affirmed. Now before the Court was Pet...

Dickey v. State (Majority)  
Date: February 18, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 66
Docket Number: CR-14-794

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and arson. The trial court sentenced Defendant to life imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) Appellant’s arguments that the trial court e...

Felty v. State (Majority)  
Date: February 18, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 65
Docket Number: CR-15-662

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree felony murder. Defendant was sentenced to life in prison without parole. On appeal, Defendant’s counsel filed a no-merit brief asserting that there were no nonf...

Courtyard Gardens Health & Rehab. LLC v. Arnold (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: February 18, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 62
Docket Number: CV-14-1105

Justia Opinion Summary: Jessie and Annie Bullock were residents of Courtyard Gardens, a nursing-home facility. Linda Gulley, the Bullocks’ daughter, entered admission agreements and optional arbitration agreements on behalf of each parent. Afte...

Davis v. Davis (Majority)  
Date: February 18, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 64
Docket Number: CV-14-533

Justia Opinion Summary: The circuit court granted Cheryl Davis a divorce from Don Davis on the ground of general indignities. Don appealed, arguing that the circuit court erred in its division of the martial assets and in refusing to award him...

Lagios v. Goldman (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: February 18, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 59
Docket Number: CV-15-491

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal concerned a decree of adoption granting the adoption of Appellant’s biological daughter to Appellees. The Supreme Court affirmed the adoption decree, holding (1) the circuit court acquired jurisdiction of the...

Allen v. Kelley (Substituted)  
Date: February 18, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 70
Docket Number: CV-15-573

Justia Opinion Summary: After a third jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of aggravated robbery. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed. Appellant later filed a pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus, all...

Williams v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 18, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 67
Docket Number: CV-15-874

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of murder in the first degree, kidnapping, and aggravated assault. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder conviction. Appellant later filed a petition f...

Halfacre v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 18, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 71
Docket Number: CV-15-958

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant submitted to the circuit court a petition for habeas corpus relief and asked the court for permission to proceed in forma pauperis. The circuit court denied the in forma pauperis petition, but the order was not...

Barber v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 11, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 54
Docket Number: CR-15-496

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, possession of a firearm, and related crimes. The court of appeals affirmed the convictions, ruling that they were supported by substantial ev...

Frazier v. State  
Date: February 11, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 55
Docket Number: CR-15-499

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm. The court of appeals affirmed. Appellant subsequently filed a petition for post...

Trujillo v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: February 11, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 49
Docket Number: CR-15-638

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was charged with several offenses for allegedly abusing his pregnant girlfriend and her son. The district court entered a no contact order and set bail at $25,000 cash or surety. Appellant posted bond and was r...

Hunt v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 11, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 57
Docket Number: CR-15-793

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of three counts of rape and sentenced to 480 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. Petitioner later filed a petition for postconviction relief under Ark. R....

Bunch v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 11, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 58
Docket Number: CV-15-896

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, an inmate, filed a pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus, challenging three judgments reflecting convictions for aggravated robbery and theft of property, sexual assault, and his status as a habitual offe...

Haile v. Johnston (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: February 11, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 52
Docket Number: CV-16-18

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, Josh Johnston pled guilty to a Class A misdemeanor hot-check violation. In 2014, Johnston filed to run as a candidate for Celburne County Sheriff. Brian Haile, a registered voter in Cleburne County, filed a peti...

In re Lynch
Date: February 11, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 56
Docket Number: D-16-43
Mercouri v. State (Majority)  
Date: February 4, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 37
Docket Number: CR-14-636

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of aggravated robbery. The jury found that Defendant was not armed with a deadly weapon for purposes of a firearm enhancement. Defendant was sentenced to ten years in the Ar...

State v. Lacy (Majority)  
Date: February 4, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 38
Docket Number: CR-15-171

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of capital murder. The jury sentenced Defendant to death. The Supreme Court affirmed. Thereafter, Defendant filed a petition pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1, alleging ineffec...

Dennis v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 4, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 44
Docket Number: CR-15-752

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner filed a series of motions in the circuit court that challenged judgments in two criminal cases. The circuit court denied the motions. In both cases, Petitioner filed a notice of appeal that referenced the orde...

Engstrom v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 4, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 45
Docket Number: CR-15-781

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to the offense of failure to register as a sex offender and was placed on probation for a seventy-two-month period. Appellant’s probation was later revoked, and Appellant was sentenced to thirty-...

Stewart v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 4, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 43
Docket Number: CR-74-121

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner and a codefendant were found guilty of murder in the first degree committed in the perpetration of an attempted robbery. Both individuals were sentenced to life in prison. Now before the Su...

Hale v. Coffman (Majority)  
Date: February 4, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 36
Docket Number: CV-15-202

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant petitioned the circuit court to obtain permanent guardianship over her father, Appellee, alleging that Appellee suffered from mental incapacity and was unable to provide for his health, maintenance, and safety....

Anderson v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 4, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 46
Docket Number: CV-15-228

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, an inmate incarcerated in the Arkansas Department of Correction, filed a pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus, which the circuit court denied. Appellant subsequently tendered a belated petition for rehear...

Crenshaw v. McFalls (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: February 4, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 39
Docket Number: CV-15-267

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants brought a breach of contract action against Appellees, both in his and her representative capacity as trustee of two trusts. The lawsuit arose from a contract dispute over the purchase of real property in Whit...

Ahmad v. Beck (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: February 4, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 30
Docket Number: CV-15-33

Justia Opinion Summary: The Arkansas State Medical Board found Dr. Mahmood Ahmad in violation of the Arkansas Medical Practices Act. While Ahmad’s administrative appeal was pending in the circuit court, Ahmad filed a complaint for declaratory j...

Ahmad v. Beck*** (Per Curiam, with Concurring)
Date: February 4, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 30
Docket Number: CV-15-33
Washington County Bd. of Trs. (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: February 4, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 34
Docket Number: CV-15-357

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, 2012, and 2013, the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas (“University”) submitted applications to the Washington County Tax Assessor seeking immunity from taxation or, alternatively, exemption from ta...

McFalls v. Crenshaw (Majority, with Dissenting)
Date: February 4, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 32
Docket Number: CV-15-396
Davis v. Hobbs (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 4, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 47
Docket Number: CV-15-931

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner filed a petition for declaratory judgment and writ of mandamus seeking a declaratory judgment concerning the calculation of his parole eligibility date and a writ of mandamus directing certain state officers a...

Baxter v. Wing (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 4, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 42
Docket Number: CV-16-21

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, by and through her attorney, filed a motion for rule on clerk to file the record and to have her appeal docketed. The clerk refused to docket the appeal on the grounds that it was untimely filed and because th...

In re Comm. on Civ. Practice (Per Curiam)
Date: January 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 29
Rice v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 27
Docket Number: CR-11-227

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. Now before the Supreme Court was Petitioner’s pro se petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to c...

Starling v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: January 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 20
Docket Number: CR-14-972

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder and committing a terroristic act. Appellant was sentenced as a habitual offender to a total term of life imprisonment plus fifteen years. The Supreme Court affirmed Appellan...

Grissom v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: January 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 28
Docket Number: CR-15-727
Lambert & Lambert Investors, Inc. v. Harris (Majority)  
Date: January 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 24
Docket Number: CV-15-559

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs brought suit against Defendant on their own behalf and on behalf of all similarly situated persons, alleging that Defendant charged usurious interest rates and engaged in deceptive trade practices when enterin...

Desoto Gathering Co. v. Ramsey (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: January 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 22
Docket Number: CV-15-65

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondents filed suit against Petitioner, an Arkansas corporation with its principal place of business in Faulkner County, alleging strict liability and negligence and seeking damages resulting from the noise, pollution...

Granger v. Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. (Per Curiam, with Concurring)  
Date: January 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 25
Docket Number: CV-15-664

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed a notice of appeal in the underlying matter. The circuit court granted Appellant’s motion for enlargement of time to file the transcript but denied Appellant’s second request for an extension of time to l...

In re Admin. Order No. 16 (Per Curiam)
Date: January 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 19
Smith v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 17
Docket Number: CR-07-277

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree murder. Defendant was sentenced as a habitual offender to 720 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. Defendant later filed this pro se petition...

Moten v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 18
Docket Number: CR-10-980

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of one count of first-degree battery and one count of second-degree battery and sentenced to a total of 264 months’ imprisonment. Petitioner later filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to rei...

MacKintrush v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: January 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 14
Docket Number: CR-15-387

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of possession of a Schedule III substance with the purpose to deliver, possession of a Schedule III substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Appellant appealed the denial of his motion to...

Williams v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 16
Docket Number: CR-15-635

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of three counts of rape and sentenced as a habitual offender to life imprisonment. Defendant later filed a pro se petition to correct an illegal sentence, arguing that the i...

In Memory of C.J. James R. Hannah (Per Curiam)
Date: January 15, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 13
In re Ark. Bd. Law Exam'rs (Per Curiam)
Date: January 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 12
Ward v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 8
Docket Number: CR-15-473

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to rape and sexual assault in the second degree. Appellant was sentenced as a habitual offender to concurrent sentences of 120 months’ imprisonment for rape and 180 months’ imprisonment for secon...

Conway v. State (Majority)  
Date: January 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 7
Docket Number: CR-15-481

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of capital murder and aggravated robbery. Defendant was sentenced to life without parole. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the circuit court did not err by (1) failing...

Demeyer v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: January 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 9
Docket Number: CR-15-534
Nickels v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 11
Docket Number: CR-15-682

Justia Opinion Summary: In two separate proceedings, Appellant was convicted of a number of drug-related charges. No appeal was taken from the judgments. Appellant later filed a petition in the trial court challenging the two judgments and file...

Holly v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: January 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 10
Docket Number: CR-15-899
Ford v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: January 7, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 3
Docket Number: CR-15-398
Hinkston v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 7, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 4
Docket Number: CR-15-515

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of capital murder, with residential burglary as the underlying felony, and theft of property. Defendant was sentenced to life in prison without parole for capital murder and...

Wright v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 7, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 5
Docket Number: CR-15-862

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, judgment was entered reflecting that Petitioner had entered a plea of guilty to two counts of forgery. In 2015, Petitioner tendered to the Supreme Court a certified copy of the 2011 judgment with his pro se moti...

Hall v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: January 7, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 6
Docket Number: CR-15-875
Brooks v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: January 7, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 1
Docket Number: CR-15-997
Moore v. Ark. Dep't of Human Servs. (Per Curiam)
Date: January 7, 2016
Citation: 2016 Ark. 2
Docket Number: CV-15-979
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