Landers v. Stone (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)Annotate this Case
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 alleged that they wish or wished to seek reelection but that they elected not to because they had reached the age that continued service would result in the forfeiture of their retirement benefits. As relief, Appellants sought an injunction to prohibit the enforcement of the statutes. The circuit court granted summary judgment against Appellants. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the statutes do not violate amendment 80 to the Arkansas Constitution; (2) the forfeiture provisions of the statues do not offend the equal protection clauses of the United States and Arkansas Constitutions; and (3) Appellants’ remaining arguments were without merit.