Arkansas Supreme Court Decisions 2017

In re Admin. Plans (Per Curiam)
Date: November 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 321
Green v. State (Dissenting)
Date: November 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 319
Docket Number: CR-99-126
Henson v. Cradduck (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: November 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 317
Docket Number: CV-16-1080

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal filed by Appellant challenging the circuit court’s order dismissing her case with prejudice based on the statute of limitations. The circuit court granted Defendants’ motion to dism...

Prince v. Kelley (Dissenting)
Date: November 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 320
Docket Number: CV-17-672
Industrial Welding Supplies of Hattiesburg, LLC v. Pinson (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: November 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 315
Docket Number: CV-17-86

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the circuit court’s order certifying a class action filed by Employees failed to comply with Ark. R. Civ. P. 23(b). In their complaint, Employees alleged claims of breach of contract and unjus...

Sylvester v. State (Majority)  
Date: November 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 309
Docket Number: CR-16-970

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s denial of Appellant’s pro se petition for postconviction relief filed pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1. Appellant was convicted of kidnapping, rape, and aggravated robbery...

State v. Lasley (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: November 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 311
Docket Number: CR-17-177

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed the State’s appeal from the circuit court’s use of three nonmodel jury instructions at Appellee’s resentencing hearing, holding that the State failed to demonstrate that the appeal involved th...

Williams v. State (Majority)  
Date: November 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 313
Docket Number: CR-17-198

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s denial of Appellant’s pro se petition for writ of error coram nobis in which Appellant alleged that the State violated Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963), suborned perjur...

Arkansas Department of Human Services v. Ledgerwood (Majority)  
Date: November 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 308
Docket Number: CV-17-183

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court granting a motion for temporary restraining order (TRO) in favor of Appellees, who sought a declaratory judgment challenging the validity of the Arkansas Departme...

Darrough v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: November 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 314
Docket Number: CV-17-34

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s denial of Appellant’s petition for writ of habeas corpus in which he alleged that his sentence was illegally enhanced pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 5-64-408. The court held (1)...

Nooner v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: November 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 310
Docket Number: CV-17-438

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from the denial of multiple pro se motions he filed in connection with a pro se civil-rights action he filed in the circuit court pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, which rendered...

Hyatt v. State (Majority)
Date: November 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 296
Docket Number: CR-16-800
Pennington v. State (Majority)  
Date: November 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 303
Docket Number: CR-16-849

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, one of three companion cases, Appellant appealed from sentencing orders entered after the original judgments of conviction, entered in 1978, were remanded in 2014 for resentencing. At issue in this appeal w...

Pennington v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: November 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 305
Docket Number: CR-17-143

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, one of three companion cases, Appellant appealed from sentencing orders entered after the original judgments of conviction, entered in 1978, were remanded in 2014 for resentencing. The Supreme Court affirme...

Pennington v. State.(144) (Majority)
Date: November 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 304
Docket Number: CR-17-144
State v. Cossio (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: November 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 297
Docket Number: CR-17-250

Justia Opinion Summary: The circuit court committed a manifest abuse of discretion in ruling that testimony regarding the victim’s prior sexual conduct with a third party would be admissible pursuant to the rape-shield statute, Ark. Code Ann. 1...

State v. McWilliams (Majority)  
Date: November 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 307
Docket Number: CR-17-431

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed the State’s interlocutory appeal from the circuit court’s order granting Defendant’s motion to suppress. On appeal, the State argued that the circuit court erred (1) by interpreting Ark. R. Cr...

Arkansas Department of Correction v. Shults (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: November 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 300
Docket Number: CV-17-788

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the circuit court’s order requiring the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) to provide Steven Shults with the pharmaceutical package inserts and la...

Faulkens v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 27, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 291
Docket Number: CR-00-698

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner’s petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a petition for writ of error coram nobis. In his petition, Petitioner alleged, inter alia, that the state violated hi...

McCullough v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 27, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 292
Docket Number: CR-05-1183

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner’s second petition pro se petition asking the court to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a petition for writ of error coram nobis. In his petition, Petitioner again a...

Rhodes v. State (Majority)
Date: October 27, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 289
Docket Number: CR-07-328
Jefferson v. State (Majority)
Date: October 27, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 293
Docket Number: CR-07-681
Jenkins v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 27, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 288
Docket Number: CR-17-370

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from the denial of his pro se petition to correct an illegal sentence pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111, which rendered moot Appellant’s pro se motion for appointment of...

Williams v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 26, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 287
Docket Number: CR-16-1135

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s convictions for aggravated robbery and capital murder. On appeal, Appellant argued that the circuit court erred in denying his motions for directed verdict and abused its discretion...

Marshall v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: October 26, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 295
Docket Number: CR-16-63
Wood v. State (Majority)
Date: October 26, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 290
Docket Number: CV-16-1016
Clay v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: October 26, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 294
Docket Number: CV-17-247

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s dismissal of Appellant’s pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus alleging that he was actually innocent of the offense of capital murder and that his due process rights ha...

Burns v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: October 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 280
Docket Number: CR-17-163

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from a pre-plea denial of a motion for continuance. Appellant, who was represented by a public defender, was sentenced to life in prison following a plea of guilty to plea....

Matar v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 278
Docket Number: CR-17-450

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court treated Petitioner’s pro se motion for belated appeal and rule on clerk as a motion for belated appeal under Ark. R. App. P-Crim. 2(e), rather than as a motion for rule on clerk, and denied the petition...

Smith v. Pavan (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: October 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 284
Docket Number: CV-15-988

Justia Opinion Summary: In Pavan v. Smith, 137 S. Ct. 2075 (2017), the United States Supreme Court held that Arkansas’s birth-certificate law, Ark. Code Ann. 20-18-401, is unconstitutional to the extent it treats similarly-situated same-sex cou...

Penn v. Gallagher (Majority)  
Date: October 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 283
Docket Number: CV-16-387

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant’s pro se petition for leave to proceed in forma pauperis in a civil matter. Appellant, an inmate, first sought release of certain documents from...

Taylor v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 279
Docket Number: CV-17-355

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from the circuit court’s denial of his pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus. In his habeas petition, Appellant argued that he should be permitted to withdraw his guilty...

Cage v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 12, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 277
Docket Number: CR-16-1125

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s convictions for capital murder and first-degree murder. The jury sentenced to Appellant life imprisonment without parole for capital murder and life imprisonment for first-degree mu...

In re Client Security Fund Comm. (Per Curiam)
Date: October 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 274
In re Access to Justice Comm'n (Per Curiam)
Date: October 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 275
In re Pro Bono Week (Per Curiam)
Date: October 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 276
Holloway v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 265
Docket Number: CR-16-432

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order denying Appellant’s petition for postconviction relief filed pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37. In 2014, Appellant pleaded guilty to murder in the first degree and to ta...

Jones v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 266
Docket Number: CR-16-588

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the sentence Defendant received in connection with his guilty plea to rape and attempted murder. A jury sentenced Defendant to a term of life imprisonment for rape plus sixty years on the charg...

Woods v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 273
Docket Number: CR-16-659

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for the kidnapping and murder of his girlfriend. A jury sentenced Defendant to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for murder plus forty years imprisonme...

Rogers v. Knight (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: October 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 267
Docket Number: CV-16-834

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s dismissal of Appellant’s petition for declaratory judgment and writ of mandamus pertaining to the statutes that governed his parole-eligibility dates. Specifically, Appellan...

Wilson v. Walther (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: October 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 270
Docket Number: CV-17-90

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants in this illegal-exaction suit alleging that certain acts of 2015, which appropriate funds from the Arkansas General Improvem...

Hicks v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: September 28, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 262
Docket Number: CR-16-125

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for capital murder for which Defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole in twenty-eight years. On appeal, Defendant challenged the suffic...

Hortenberry v. State (Majority)  
Date: September 28, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 261
Docket Number: CR-17-149

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s convictions of one count of rape and one count of sexual indecency with a child, for which Appellant was sentenced to concurrent terms of life and seventy-two months, respectively....

Pokatilov v. State (Majority)  
Date: September 28, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 264
Docket Number: CR-17-196

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s conviction for possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, for which Appellant was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay a $5000 fine. The court he...

In re Bd. of Certified Ct. Rep (Per Curiam)
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 260
Turner v. State (Majority)  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 253
Docket Number: CR-16-1145

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s ruling that defense counsel was not ineffective for failing to dismiss the drug offense charges against Defendant based on a speedy-trial violation. The circuit court found...

State v. Newman (Majority)  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 257
Docket Number: CR-17-239

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed the State’s appeal from an order for the circuit court granting Defendant’s motion to suppress two statements he made, holding that the appeal was improper under the court’s rules. After the S...

State v. Hardman.dissent (Dissenting)
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 259
Docket Number: CR-17-614
State v. Ledwell (Majority)  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 252
Docket Number: CR-17-94

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court’s order dismissing misdemeanor negligent-homicide charges against Defendant due to the expiration of the one-year statute of limitations. Before the circuit court, Defendant a...

Edwards v. Kelley (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 254
Docket Number: CV-16-705

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the habeas court denying Petitioner’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that Petitioner did not state a ground on which a writ of habeas corpus could be issued. Petiti...

Coleman v. Wilmington Savings Fund Soc'y.dissent (Dissenting)
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 258
Docket Number: CV-17-477
In Re Bd. of Certified Court Rep. Exam'rs (Per Curiam)
Date: September 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 251
Grady v. State (Majority)  
Date: September 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 245
Docket Number: CR-14-257

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner’s request that that court reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a petition for writ of error coram nobis in his criminal case. Petitioner, who was found guilty of unlawf...

Reed v. State (Majority)  
Date: September 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 246
Docket Number: CR-16-1061

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s conclusion that Appellant’s attempt to waive his right to counsel and represent himself at trial was equivocal and the court's decision to proceed with Appellant’s original co...

Lewis v. State (Dissenting)
Date: September 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 247
Docket Number: CR-16-413
Hill v. Keaton (Majority)  
Date: September 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 244
Docket Number: CR-17-244

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted a writ of mandamus to Petitioner, an inmate, to the extent it required Judge Edwin A. Keaton to rule on an outstanding pleading for postconviction relief but denied the request to direct Judge K...

Green v. State (Majority)
Date: September 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 243
Docket Number: CR-99-126
Estate of Anderson v. Schwarze Indus. Inc. (Dissenting)
Date: September 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 248
Docket Number: CV-17-411
Jarrett v. Brand.dissent (Dissenting)
Date: September 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 249
Docket Number: CV-17-425
Blair v. Willis (Dissenting)
Date: September 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 250
Docket Number: CV-17-474
In re Proposed Amendments to Ark. R. Civ. P (Per Curiam)
Date: September 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 241
In re Civ. Practice Comm. (Per Curiam)
Date: September 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 242
Chatmon v. State (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 229
Docket Number: CR-13-1006

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner’s pro se petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a petition for writ of error coram nobis in his criminal case, an amendment to the petition, and Petitioner’s...

Smith v. State (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 236
Docket Number: CR-16-1075

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of circuit court denying Petitioner’s second pro se petition for writ of error coram nobis. In the petition, Petitioner alleged that his guilty plea was obtained by coercion and in...

Bell v. State (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 231
Docket Number: CR-16-997

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the denial of Appellant’s pro se petition filed under Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111. In his petition, Appellant argued (1) the two sentences of life imprisonment that were imposed on him in 1994 wer...

Brown v. State (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 232
Docket Number: CR-17-229

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from a decision of the trial court that denied Appellant’s pro se petition for declaratory relief. In his petition, Appellant asked the trial court to enforce the terms of a...

Gardner v. State (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 230
Docket Number: CR-17-230

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s denial of Appellant’s pro se petition filed pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111 to correct a sentence imposed on him in 2004 on the grounds that the sentence was illegal. The...

Griffin v. Alexander (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 235
Docket Number: CR-17-324

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner filed in the Supreme Court a pro se petition for writ of mandamus arguing that the circuit judge had not acted in a timely manner on a pro se petition for writ of error cream nobis filed in the circuit court....

Griffis v. State (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 238
Docket Number: CR-17-362

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner’s pro se motion seeking permission to proceed with a belated appeal of an order denying a motion for reconsideration of the denial of a postconviction motion that alleged multiple grou...

Warren v. Felts (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 237
Docket Number: CV-16-1064

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s denial of Appellant’s petition for writ of mandamus alleging that his rights had been violated by the denial of his parole. The circuit court found, among other things, that...

Ashby v. State (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 233
Docket Number: CV-16-527

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s denial of Appellant’s in forma pauperis petition. Appellant filed the petition so that he might initiate an action seeking “writs of prohibitory petitions” challenging a ris...

Gonder v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 239
Docket Number: CV-17-329

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s denial of Appellant’s pro se motions seeking reconsideration of Appellant’s petition for writ of habeas corpus that had previously been dismissed by the circuit court. Pendi...

Furnish v. Ark. Dep't of Human Servs. (Majority)
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 240
Docket Number: CV-17-412
Kennedy v. Arkansas Parole Board (Majority)  
Date: August 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 234
Docket Number: CV-17-72

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order dismissing Appellant’s pro se petition for judicial review of an adjudication made by the Arkansas Parole Board pursuant to the Arkansas Administrative Procedure Act....

In re Ark. Jud. Discipline & Dis. Comm'n (Per Curiam)
Date: June 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 227
In re Bd. of Certified Court Reporter Examiners (Per Curiam)
Date: June 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 228
Mason v. Mason (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 225
Docket Number: CV-16-488

Justia Opinion Summary: The mandatory termination language in Ark. Code Ann. 9-12-312(a)(2)(D) does not apply retroactively to automatically terminate alimony awards entered before the 2013 amendment. Pursuant to a 2011 divorce decree, the cou...

Harmon v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 13, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 224
Docket Number: CV-16-898

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, an inmate of the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC), was part of a class-action lawsuit brought against the City of Helena-West Helena and Phillips County. The lawsuit settled, and the ADC received a sett...

In re Updated List of Attorneys 2017 (Per Curiam)
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 222
Lewis v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 211
Docket Number: CR-16-413

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed his convictions of capital murder and kidnapping, arguing that the circuit court erred in denying his motions to suppress on five separate grounds. The State cross-appealed, arguing that the circuit co...

Wilson v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 217
Docket Number: CR-16-1062

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant's convictions for one count of aggravated robbery, two counts of robbery, three counts of theft of property, and one count of commercial burglary, holding (1) the circuit court did no...

Coleman v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 218
Docket Number: CR-16-831

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of residential burglary and sentenced to probation. Thereafter, Appellant was convicted of residential burglary and sentenced to a suspended imposition of sentence. Appellant was then convicted of...

Ward v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 215
Docket Number: CR-16-858

Justia Opinion Summary: By per curiam opinion, the Supreme Court denied Appellant’s pro se petition for a writ of error coram nobis. In this same opinion, however, the court held that Appellant’s sentence was illegal and remanded the case to th...

Barber v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 214
Docket Number: CV-16-1008

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to murder in the first degree and was sentenced to 480 months in prison. Appellant later filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus seeking release from custody. The circuit court dismissed the p...

City of Little Rock v. Circuit Court of Pulaski County (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 219
Docket Number: CV-16-600

Justia Opinion Summary: The circuit court imposed upon the City of Little Rock a fine for violations of Ark. R. Civ. P. 11 and found the City in contempt for failure to timely pay the time. The City appealed, arguing that the imposition of Rule...

Arkansas State Medical Board v. Byers (Majority)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 213
Docket Number: CV-16-755

Justia Opinion Summary: In this wrongful termination case, Peggy Cryer, who was sued individually and in her official capacity as executive secretary of the Arkansas State Medical Board, was entitled to statutory immunity on some, but not all,...

Brookshire Grocery Co. v. Morgan (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 221
Docket Number: CV-17-268

Justia Opinion Summary: Hence forth, all briefed cases submitted to the court of appeals must be disposed of by full, written majority opinions. Thus, In re Memorandum Opinions, 700 S.W.2d 63 (Ark. Ct. App. 1985), in which the court of appeals...

Jackson v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 195
Docket Number: CR-03-800

Justia Opinion Summary: Before the Supreme Court was Appellant’s sixth pro se petition requesting that the court reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court in his criminal case to consider a petition for writ of error coram nobis. Also before the...

Holly v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: June 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 201
Docket Number: CR-15-899

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of capital murder, rape, kidnapping, and residential burglary. Appellant was sentenced to death for the capital murder conviction. The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court, holdi...

Scott v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 199
Docket Number: CR-16-1113

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Appellant pleaded guilty to first-degree battery and other offenses. In 2016, Appellant filed a second amended petition seeking coram nobis relief. The trial court denied relief, noting that it had found Appella...

Daniel v. Arkansas Department of Human Services (Majority)  
Date: June 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 206
Docket Number: CV-16-1038

Justia Opinion Summary: Statutory postjudgment interest on attorney’s fees accrues when the fees were actually quantified in dollars and cents rather than when the right thereto was first established. Plaintiff was granted judgment on her cla...

Edwards v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 207
Docket Number: CR-16-891

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, who was convicted of murder in the first degree with a firearm enhancement and attempted murder in the first degree, filed a petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37, asserting that h...

Hill v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 196
Docket Number: CR-16-767

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, who was convicted of capital murder in 1995, filed a petition in 2016 seeking to compel the prosecuting attorney to direct the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to turn over information from his case. The trial...

Marshall v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 208
Docket Number: CR-17-248

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, who was convicted on charges of kidnapping, rape, and murder, filed a pro se petition for scientific testing under Act 1780 of 2001 Acts of Arkansas. Petitioner filed a petition for leave to proceed in forma...

Beyard v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 203
Docket Number: CR-17-42

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was found guilty of murder in the first degree and sentenced to 480 months’ imprisonment. Approximately seventeen months after the judgment had been entered Appellant filed a pro se motion for a “nunc pro tunc...

Kilgore v. Mullenax (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 204
Docket Number: CV-16-238

Justia Opinion Summary: After the underlying business dispute proceeded to arbitration, Appellees filed in the circuit court a petition to enforce the award, and Appellant filed a cross-petition to vacate the award. The circuit court confirmed...

Cox v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 209
Docket Number: CR-17-277

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner pleaded guilty to ten counts of distribution, possession, or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. Petitioner later filed a pro se notice of appeal. The court clerk declined...

Rangel v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 197
Docket Number: CV-16-886

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Appellant, who was not a naturalized citizen of the United States, entered a negotiated change of plea to possession with the purpose to deliver methamphetamine. The circuit court accepted the plea and sentenced...

Latham v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: June 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 210
Docket Number: CR-16-1126

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, who was convicted of rape, filed a pro se petition to correct an illegal sentence under Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111. The trial court denied the petition. Appellant appealed. The Supreme Court found good cause to...

Williams v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: June 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 198
Docket Number: CV-17-126

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, who was incarcerated at a unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction located in Lee County for committing the crime of rape, filed a pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus in the Lincoln County Circuit C...

Williams v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: June 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 200
Docket Number: CV-17-33

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was charged by information with three counts of rape, each involving a different occasion and a different victim. The offenses were severed for trial. Appellant was ultimately convicted on all three counts. In...

Watts v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: May 25, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 189
Docket Number: CV-15-870

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed a pro se habeas corpus petition and a petition for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. Thereafter, Appellant filed his notice of appeal in which he sought to appeal what he referred to as a “deemed denied...

Booth v. Franks (Majority)  
Date: May 25, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 193
Docket Number: CV-15-898

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants were minority stockholders in First Community Bank of Crawford County (FBC). After First Bank reached an agreement to merge with FCB, First Bank filed an application with the Arkansas State Banking Board. The...

Worsham v. Day (Majority)  
Date: May 25, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 192
Docket Number: CV-15-943

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found for Plaintiff on her claim for breach of contract and on her promissory-estoppel claim. The jury rendered verdicts against Defendants on their counterclaims. Defendants filed a motion for judgment notwithsta...

Jones v. Miller (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: May 25, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 190
Docket Number: CV-16-554

Justia Opinion Summary: Upon the divorce of Thomas Jones and Kimberly Miller the circuit court entered a final order awarding Kimberly a $20,687.75 judgment against Thomas. The circuit court issued a writ of execution directing the sheriff to t...

Wesley v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 25, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 194
Docket Number: CV-16-962

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, and theft. Appellant’s convictions and sentences were affirmed on appeal. Appellant later filed a petition to correct an illegal sentence pursuant to Ark. Code A...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In re Proposal Sup. Ct. Comm. Prof'l Conduct (Per Curiam)
Date: May 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 169
In re Sup. Ct. Comm. Unauthorized Prac. of Law (Per Curiam)
Date: May 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 170
Mitchell v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 167
Docket Number: CR-93-173

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner’s pro se petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a petition for writ of error coram nobis in the case and declared as moot Petitioners motions for, inter alia,...

Pennington v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: May 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 168
Docket Number: CV-16-1090

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of an order denying Appellant’s pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus, holding that Appellant failed to establish probable cause for issuance of the writ and, in any event, fail...

Bales v. City of Fort Smith (Majority)  
Date: May 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 161
Docket Number: CV-16-148

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court accepted a question certified to it by the court of appeals regarding the suspension, discharge, or reduction in rank for certain civil-service officers. The Court answered (1) appeals from civil-servic...

Little Rock Police Dep't v. Phillips (Majority)
Date: May 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 165
Docket Number: CV-16-550
Robinson Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, LLC v. Phillips (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: May 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 162
Docket Number: CV-16-584

Justia Opinion Summary: In this complaint filed against Robinson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LLC and related entities (collectively, Robinson), the Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order granting class certification in part and...

Ligon v. Harper (Per Curiam)
Date: May 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 166
Docket Number: D-14-415
Sandrelli v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 27, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 156
Docket Number: CR-16-606

Justia Opinion Summary: After a retrial, Appellant was convicted of four counts of rape. Appellant filed a petition for postconviction relief under Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1, propounding three claims of ineffective assistance of counsel that allege...

Stanton v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 27, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 155
Docket Number: CR-16-809

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of first-degree murder and employing a firearm as a means of committing the murder. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder conviction. On appeal, Appell...

Morris v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: April 27, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 157
Docket Number: CR-16-969

Justia Opinion Summary: Attorney Jimmy Morris was the defense attorney of a defendant charged with first degree murder. The circuit court found Morris in contempt for failing to appear on time for the defendant’s jury trial and fined him $4,000...

Eason v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 27, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 160
Docket Number: CR-17-146

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of nine counts of first-degree battery. No appeal was taken. An amended sentencing order was entered reflecting that Petitioner was sentenced to 3240 months’ imprisonment....

Helena Country Club v. Brocato (Majority, with Dissenting)
Date: April 27, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 152
Docket Number: CV-16-697
Keep Our Dollars in Independence County v. Mitchell (Majority)  
Date: April 27, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 154
Docket Number: CV-16-934

Justia Opinion Summary: Keep Our Dollars in Independence County (KODIC), a local-option ballot question committee, sponsored a petition to allow Independence County voters to decide whether to permit the manufacture and sale of alcoholic bevera...

Williams v. State (Concurring)
Date: April 24, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 151
Docket Number: CR-97-949
In re Suspension of Attorneys (Per Curiam)
Date: April 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 150
In re Suspension of Attorneys (Per Curiam)
Date: April 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 150
Lee v. State (Concurring)
Date: April 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 148
Docket Number: CR-08-160
Williams v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 145
Docket Number: CR-14-1088

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was found guilty of murder in the first degree and abuse of a corpse. Petitioner was sentenced as a habitual offender to an aggregate sentence of life imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed. Now before the C...

Noble v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: April 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 142
Docket Number: CR-16-228

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder and six counts of terroristic acts. Appellant was also found guilty of using a firearm during the commission of a felony on each count. On appeal, Appell...

Lewis v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 144
Docket Number: CR-16-961

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant entered a plea of nolo contendere to second-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment. Approximately forty-one months after the judgment in his case had been entered, Appellant filed a...

Lee v. State.Hart J. dissent (Dissenting)
Date: April 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 149
Docket Numbers: Cr-17-315, CR-17-315
Troutman v. Troutman (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 139
Docket Number: CV-16-144

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother and Father divorced in 2005. In 2012, the circuit court memorialized an agreement by the parties raising Father’s child-support obligation to $6,005 per month. In 2014, Father filed a petition to reduce his child...

Department of Arkansas State Police v. Keech Law Firm P.A. (Majority)  
Date: April 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 143
Docket Number: CV-16-545

Justia Opinion Summary: Roby Lowery Stapleton was murdered in 1963. Her murder remains unsolved. In 2013, through the Keech Law Firm, Stapleton’s family made a formal written request to the Department of Arkansas State Police (ASP) for a copy o...

Pitts v. Drummond (Per Curiam)
Date: April 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 146
Docket Number: CV-16-907
Johnson v. State.dissent.2 (Dissenting)
Date: April 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 138
Docket Number: CR-17-312
Johnson v. State.dissent (Dissenting)
Date: April 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 137
Docket Number: CR-17-312
Davis v. State.dissent (Dissenting)
Date: April 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 135
Docket Number: CR-92-1385 & CR-00-528
Davis v. State (Dissenting)
Date: April 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 133
Docket Number: CR-92-1385 & CR-00-528
Ward v. State.dissent (Dissenting)
Date: April 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 136
Docket Number: CR-98-657
Ward v. State.d (Dissenting)
Date: April 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 134
Docket Number: CR-98-657
In re Ark. Bd. of Law Exam'rs (Per Curiam)
Date: April 13, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 131
In re Ark. Continuing Legal Ed. Bd. (Per Curiam)
Date: April 13, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 132
Williams v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 13, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 123
Docket Number: CR-15-658

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of capital murder. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. The Supreme Court affirmed. Appellant later filed a petition for postconviction relief under...

Nichols v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 13, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 129
Docket Number: CR-16-547

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of capital murder. Appellant was sentenced as a habitual offender to life without parole. The Supreme Court affirmed. Appellant subsequently filed a pro se petition for postcon...

Lukach v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 13, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 128
Docket Number: CR-16-574

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner filed a petition for relief under Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111 that challenged his convictions in four cases. The trial court denied the petition. Petitioner untimely tendered the appeal record, but the Supreme Co...

Marshall v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: April 13, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 125
Docket Number: CR-16-63
Hogue v. State (Per Curiam, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 13, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 126
Docket Number: CR-95-985

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of capital murder. Petitioner was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. The Supreme Court affirmed. This appeal concerned Petitioner’s second petition requesting t...

Barnett v. Payne (Per Curiam)
Date: April 13, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 124
Docket Number: CV-16-1015
Alexander v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 13, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 130
Docket Number: CV-16-1060

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder. Appellant was sentenced as a habitual offender to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Thereafter, Appellant filed multiple pro se petit...

In re Access to Justice Found. (Per Curiam)
Date: April 6, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 122
Hicks v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: April 6, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 118
Docket Number: CR-16-125
Swain v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 6, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 117
Docket Number: CR-16-804

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted as an accomplice to capital murder and kidnapping. Defendant was sentenced to life without parole for the murder conviction and to a term of twenty-five years for kidnapping. T...

Burns v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: April 6, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 119
Docket Number: CR-17-163
McArthur v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 6, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 120
Docket Number: CR-91-206

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of murder. Petitioner was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. The Supreme Court affirmed. Petitioner field a petition for coram nobis relief, alleging, inter ali...

Hill v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: April 6, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 121
Docket Number: CR-96-270

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life without parole. The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment. Thereafter, Petitioner was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced as a habitual offender t...

Martin v. Arkansas Department of Human Services (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: April 6, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 115
Docket Number: CV-16-1018

Justia Opinion Summary: The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) filed a petition to terminate Parents’ parental rights to their three children, alleging multiple grounds against each parent. After a termination hearing, the circuit cour...

City of North Little Rock v. Pfeifer (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: April 6, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 113
Docket Number: CV-16-313

Justia Opinion Summary: Eugene Pfeifer and the Pfeifer Family Limited Partnership #1 (Pfeifer) petitioned the City of North Little Rock to create Northshore Lane Multipurpose Municipal Improvement District No. 36. Pfeifer claimed to be the majo...

Kelley v. Shults (Dissenting)
Date: April 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 112
Docket Number: CV-17-261
Henington v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 111
Docket Number: CR-10-6
Henington v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 211
Docket Number: CR-10-6

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of the rape of a child. Petitioner was sentenced to 432 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. Petitioner later filed a pro se petition to reinvest jurisdicti...

Johnson v. State (Majority)
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 106
Docket Number: CR-16-719
Johnson v. State (Majority)  
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 206
Docket Number: CR-16-719

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder. The jury found Appellant had used a firearm in the commission of that murder. At trial, Appellant filed a motion for new trial following the discovery o...

Hinton v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 107
Docket Number: CR-16-720
Hinton v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 207
Docket Number: CR-16-720

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was charged with one count of battery in the first degree and one count of battery in the second degree. The first jury trial resulted in a mistrial. The circuit court entered a revised scheduling order setting...

Ark. State Police Ret. Sys. v. Sligh (Majority)
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 109
Docket Number: CV-16-304
Arkansas State Police Retirement System v. Sligh (Majority)  
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 209
Docket Number: CV-16-304

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a class-action implant against the Arkansas State Police Retirement System (ASPRS) and its Trustees, in their official capacity, on behalf of certain members of the Arkansas State Police Retirement Syste...

Davis v. Kelley (Per Curiam)
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 110
Docket Number: CV-16-887
Davis v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 30, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 210
Docket Number: CV-16-887

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of capital murder, aggravated robbery, and theft of property. In a separate trial, Appellant was found guilty by a jury of an additional aggravated robbery. Appellant later...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

City of Benton v. Teeter (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 80
Docket Number: CV-16-23

Justia Opinion Summary: Larry Teeter, Donna Teeter, Amy Teeter Thomas, and Kevin Teeter (collectively, the Teeters) were awarded attorneys’ fees in a judgment arising from a condemnation proceeding. The City of Benton appealed, challenging the...

Ruiz v. Felts (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 85
Docket Number: CV-16-370

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, an inmate, filed a petition seeking judicial review of a decision of the Arkansas Parole Board that denied Appellant’s application for parole. In his petition, Appellant contended that the Board had deprived h...

Farris v. Conger (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 83
Docket Number: CV-16-430

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Felicia Farris filed an amended complaint alleging that, in 2005, she entered into a contract with Cynthia Conger, d/b/a Conger Wealth Management (Conger), entitled “Wealth Management Agreement.” In 2008, Farris...

Ashby v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 86
Docket Number: CV-16-527
Pritchett v. Spicer (Majority)  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 82
Docket Number: CV-16-607

Justia Opinion Summary: On January 19, 2016, the Board of Directors of the City of Hot Springs passed an ordinance annexing certain land. The City of Hot Springs then published the ordinance. On February 23, 2016, a petition sponsor delivered a...

Howard v. Webber (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 89
Docket Number: CV-17-44

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, an inmate, filed a pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus seeking release from custody. An order was entered denying the petition. Thirty-five days later, Petitioner filed an untimely notice of appeal. Now...

Davis v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 74
Docket Number: CR-09-339

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a prisoner, brought his third petition seeking to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court so that he may file a petition for writ of error coram nobis. In his third petition, Petitioner reiterated claims mad...

Clemmons v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 75
Docket Number: CR-10-206

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was found guilty of multiple counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and was sentenced to a total of 864 months’ imprisonment. Now before the Supreme Court was Petitioner’s pro se application...

State v. Martin (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: March 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 64
Docket Number: CR-16-365

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with numerous misdemeanor offenses. Defendant appealed his convictions in district court to the circuit court, where he stood trial before a jury. After the State rested, Defendant filed a motion fo...

Douglas v. State (Majority)  
Date: March 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 70
Docket Number: CR-16-615

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first degree murder and possession of a firearm by certain persons. Defendant appealed, arguing that the circuit court erred by denying his motion for new trial where mem...

Stover v. State (Majority)  
Date: March 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 66
Docket Number: CR-16-703

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted for sexually grooming a child, two counts of sexual assault in the first degree, sexual assault in the second degree, and rape. Defendant received life sentences without parole for each of his fir...

State v. Griffin (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: March 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 67
Docket Number: CR-16-704

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, who was sixteen years old at the time of his arrest, was charged as an adult with robbery and aggravated assault. Defendant was subsequently interviewed by police in connection with an assault of a female. The...

Barnes v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 76
Docket Number: CR-16-967

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant entered a guilty plea to four felony offenses. Appellant later filed a pro se “belated motion to retract” his guilty plea on the grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel. The trial court treated the motion...

Hall v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: March 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 77
Docket Number: CR-16-974

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of aggravated robbery, first-degree robbery, and attempted rape. Appellant later filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus under Act 1780 of 2001 Acts of Arkansas. The tr...

Perroni v. Sachar (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: March 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 59
Docket Number: CV-16-435

Justia Opinion Summary: Sam Perroni filed a complaint with the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission and its former executive director (collectively, Commission) against Circuit Judge Tim Fox, alleging that Judge Fox violated s...

Mississippi County v. City of Osceola (Majority)  
Date: March 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 63
Docket Number: CV-16-696

Justia Opinion Summary: The circuit court issued a temporary injunction and enjoined the August 9, 2016 special election to amend an existing sales-and-use tax and to issue bonds to finance the construction of a new Mississippi County courthous...

Mississippi County v. City of Osceola (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 71
Docket Number: CV-17-123

Justia Opinion Summary: Resolution No. R-2016-16 referred Ordinance No. O-2016-16, which amended an existing sales-and-use tax ordinance to change the indicated use of revenues, to the voters for approval or rejection in a special election to b...

Nash v. Pulaski Cty. Cir.Ct.dissent (Dissenting)
Date: March 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 73
Docket Number: CV-17-54
Hutchinson v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 55
Docket Number: CR-09-596

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced under a firearm enhancement provision to a total of 540 months’ imprisonment. Now before the Supreme Court were Petitioner’s pro se appli...

State v. Thompson (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: February 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 50
Docket Number: CR-16-398

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault and rape. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions. Thereafter, Defendant filed original and amended petitions for postconviction relief pu...

Watson v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 56
Docket Number: CR-16-611

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant entered a guilty plea to capital murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Appellant later filed a pro se petition for writ of error coram nobis, arguing, inter alia, that he was incompetent...

Morgan v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 57
Docket Number: CV-16-1059

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of kidnapping and second-degree battery and was sentenced as a habitual offender to concurrent terms of life and 180 months’ imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed. Petitioner later filed a pet...

Cardinal Health v. Beth's Bail Bonds Inc. (Majority)  
Date: February 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 54
Docket Number: CV-16-183

Justia Opinion Summary: In this garnishment proceeding, the clerk of court issued a writ of garnishment against Cardinal Health. The circuit court set a hearing for June 1, 2015. Cardinal Health did not receive notice of the hearing and did not...

Protect Fayetteville v. City of Fayetteville (Majority)  
Date: February 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 49
Docket Number: CV-16-586

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was Ordinance 5781, entitled “An Ordinance To Ensure Uniform Nondiscrimination Protections Within The City of Fayetteville For Groups Already Protected To Varying Degrees Throughout State Law.” Afte...

Emis v. Emis (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: February 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 52
Docket Number: CV-16-821

Justia Opinion Summary: When Mother and Father divorced, Mother was awarded custody of the parties’ twin boys, and Father was awarded visitation. Both parties later sought an award of primary custody, and Mother requested permission to relocate...

In re Naramore (Per Curiam)
Date: February 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 58
Docket Number: D-16-145
In re JLAP Comm. (Per Curiam)
Date: February 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 48
Anderson v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 44
Docket Number: CR-08-458

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of five counts of a terroristic act and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Petitioner was sentenced to an aggregate sentence of 1320 months’ imprisonmen...

Lane v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: February 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 34
Docket Number: CR-15-1022

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, a parolee, was charged as a habitual criminal offender with simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Appellant...

Lambert v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: February 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 31
Docket Number: CR-16-427

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of one count of felon in possession of a firearm. On appeal, Appellant argued that the circuit court erred in denying his motion for directed verdict because the State failed t...

Siler v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 45
Docket Number: CR-16-609

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. No appeal was taken from the judgment of conviction...

Shreck v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: February 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 39
Docket Number: CR-16-827

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to commit rape. Appellant was sentenced to thirty years’ imprisonment on each count. On appeal, Appellant argued that the circuit court erred by adm...

Potts v. Potts (Majority)  
Date: February 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 33
Docket Number: CV-16-10

Justia Opinion Summary: Wife appealed a decree entered by the circuit court divorcing her from Husband and contested the denial of her motion for reconsideration. Specifically, Wife argued that the circuit court erred (1) by deciding the partie...

Toland v. Robinson (Majority)  
Date: February 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 41
Docket Number: CV-16-119

Justia Opinion Summary: James Toland was arrested on a felony and appeared before a judge who set a sheriff’s bond. Someone on Toland’s behalf paid the ten percent required under the bond. Thereafter, Told and First Arkansas Bail Bonds, Inc. fi...

Dye v. Diamante, a Private Membership Golf Club, LLC (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: February 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 42
Docket Number: CV-16-127

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants in this case were class representatives of a group of property owners located in Hot Springs Village. Appellants filed suit against a private golf club associated with the development seeking a declaratory jud...

City of Conway v. Shumate (Majority)  
Date: February 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 36
Docket Number: CV-16-284

Justia Opinion Summary: A class of police officers and firefighters employed by the City of Conway brought a class-action complaint alleging that the City breached its employment contract with them when it failed to allocate sales tax revenues...

Dye v. Diamante, a Private Membership Golf Club, LLC (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: February 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 37
Docket Number: CV-16-455

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellees, class representatives of property owners located in a subdivision, sought declaratory judgment that certain “tie-in rights” were unenforceable. During the suit, Appellant filed an interlocutory appeal of the c...

Ka Makkali v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 46
Docket Number: CV-16-673

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of rape and theft of a van. Appellant was sentenced to terms of imprisonment and a fine. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and sentences. Appellant later filed a petition for a writ of ha...

Pitts v. Drummond (Per Curiam)
Date: February 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 47
Docket Number: CV-16-907
Williams v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 26
Docket Number: CR-01-1170

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was convicted of one count of capital-felony murder, two counts of aggravated property, and one count of misdemeanor theft of property. Now before the Supreme Court was Petitioner’s pro se...

Carter v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 27
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’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. After unsuccessfully filing two pro se petitions to reinvest jur...

Beverage v. State (Majority)  
Date: February 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 23
Docket Number: CR-16-487

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to charges from several different cases, including first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, and first-degree escape. Defendant filed a petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Crim....

Williams v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: February 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 20
Docket Number: Cr-16-511

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in 1994, Appellant was found guilty of first-degree murder. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2015, Appellant filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to reinvest jurisdiction in the ci...

Grissom v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: February 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 24
Docket Number: CR-16-678
Henry v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 28
Docket Number: CR-16-998

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant entered a guilty plea to possession of a controlled substance. On the same date, Appellant also entered a guilty plea to delivery of a controlled substance. The court ordered that the sentences in the two cases...

Crippen v. State (Per Curiam)
Date: February 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 25
Docket Number: CR-17-25
City of Little Rock v. Yang (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: February 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 18
Docket Number: CV-15-1057

Justia Opinion Summary: Dayong Yang, as special administrator of the estate of his deceased child, filed this negligence action against the City of Little Rock, its employees, and Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) (collectively, Ap...

Hickman v. Kelley (Per Curiam)
Date: February 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 30
Docket Number: CV-16-1011
Jefferson v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: February 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 29
Docket Number: CV-16-851

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of capital murder, aggravated robbery, theft of property, and fleeing. Appellant filed a pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus in the circuit court of the county in which he was incarcerated,...

In re Sup. Ct. Comm. Crim. P (Per Curiam)
Date: January 26, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 16
In re Sup. Comm. Sec. & Emer. Preparedness (Per Curiam)
Date: January 26, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 17
Lockhart v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: January 26, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 13
Docket Number: CR-14-990

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) and failure to submit to a chemical test. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the State presented substantial evidence to support the con...

Schnarr v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: January 26, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 10
Docket Number: CR-16-165

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of manslaughter. Appellant was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part for a new trial, holding that the c...

Hansler v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 26, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 15
Docket Number: CR-16-579

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a negotiated plea of nolo contendere to rape and was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment. Defendant later filed a pro se petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1 seeking to...

Hartman v. State (Majority)  
Date: January 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 7
Docket Number: CR-16-420

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of rape and tampering with physical evidence. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment. The convictions were affirmed on appeal. Appellant subsequently filed a petition...

Davis v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 9
Docket Number: CR-97-401

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of first-degree murder, theft of property, and false imprisonment. The trial court sentenced him to an aggregate term of life imprisonment. Two decades later, Petitioner fi...

Penn v. Gallagher (Per Curiam)
Date: January 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 8
Docket Number: CV-16-387
Woods v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 12, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 5
Docket Number: 16-839

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and was sentenced to an aggregate sentence of 480 months’ imprisonment. Appellant subsequently filed a petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1,...

In re S. Ct. Comm. on Sec'y & Emer. Preparedness (Per Curiam)
Date: January 12, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 6
Halfacre v. Kelley (Per Curiam)
Date: January 12, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 3
Docket Number: CV-15-958
Clayton v. Kelley (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 12, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 2
Docket Number: CV-16-541

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of rape and second-degree sexual assault. Appellant was sentenced as a habitual offender to an aggregate term of 960 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. App...

Wayne Holden & Co. v. Waggoner (Per Curiam)
Date: January 12, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 4
Docket Number: CV-16-560
Felty v. State (Per Curiam)  
Date: January 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 Ark. 1
Docket Number: CR-16-700

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, Appellant was convicted of capital felony murder and sentenced as a habitual offender to life imprisonment without parole. The Supreme Court affirmed. In 2016, Appellant filed a pro se petition for postconvictio...

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