Arkansas Supreme Court Decisions 2019

Jones v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: April 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 109
Docket Number: CR-10-447

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 knobs, holding that Petitioner failed to demonstrate that the writ should issue....

Chatmon v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 112
Docket Number: CR-13-1006

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 or, in the alternative, for a writ of certiorari, holding that Petitioner di...

Harrell v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 120
Docket Number: CR-17-471

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, holding that Petitioner failed to demonstrate a violation of Brady v. Maryl...

Torres v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: April 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 101
Docket Number: CR-17-89

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case brought by the State bringing a charge of capital murder under alternate theories, rape felony murder and child-abuse murder, the Supreme Court reversed Appellant's conviction of capital murder and remanded...

King v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 114
Docket Number: CR-18-366

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's capital-murder conviction, holding that the circuit court did not commit prejudicial error in the proceedings below. Specifically, the Court held (1) the circuit court properly den...

Collins v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 110
Docket Number: CR-18-478

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant's conviction for capital murder, for which he was sentenced to life imprisonment, holding that the circuit court did not abuse its discretion in not allowing Appellant to impeach a pr...

JEREMY KENNEDY v. JOHN FELTS, CHAIRMAN, ARKANSAS PAROLE BOARD (Majority)
Date: April 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 104
Docket Number: CV-17-63
Hartman v. Reardon (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 116
Docket Number: CV-18-310

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court denying Mother's petition to terminate the guardianship of her two minor children, holding that the circuit court erred in finding that it remained in the best in...

Walther v. Wilson (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 105
Docket Number: CV-18-601

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's award of attorney's fees to Plaintiff in his illegal-exaction lawsuit successfully challenging the constitutionality of certain legislative acts but remanded for further pro...

Arkansas Department of Human Services v. Ledgerwood (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 121
Docket Number: CV-18-617

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court's order holding the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) in contempt but dismissed DHS's appeal of a temporary restraining order enjoining its emergency rule, holding t...

Foreman v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 108
Docket Number: CV-18-670

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's denial of Appellant's petition for writ of habeas corpus filed under Ark. Code Ann. 16-112-101, holding that the circuit court did not err in denying the petition. Appellan...

Williams v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: April 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 96
Docket Number: CR-18-68

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

Scott v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 94
Docket Number: CR-98-1167

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's fifth pro se petition requesting permission to proceed with a petition for writ of error coram nobis in the trial court, holding that Petitioner did not satisfy any ground for granti...

KW-DW Properties, LLC v. Arkansas State Highway Commission (Majority)  
Date: April 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 95
Docket Number: CV-18-47

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's entry of a $650 deficiency judgment against the Arkansas State Highway Commission after a jury determined that the Commission owed KW-DW Properties, LLC $36,000 for just com...

Arkansas Department of Human Services v. Ledgerwood (Majority)  
Date: April 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 100
Docket Number: CV-18-639

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal brought by the Arkansas Department of Humanitarian Services (DHS) challenging the permanent injunction against its 2015 ARChoices Medicaid waiver rule, holding that this case was mo...

Davis Nursing Ass'n v. Neal (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: April 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 91
Docket Number: CV-18-814

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court entered on the jury's verdict finding that Davis Life Care Center (DLCC), a long-term care facility, was not entitled to charitable immunity and denying DLCC's...

McClendon v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: April 4, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 88
Docket Number: CR-18-329

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant's motion for directed verdict and denying Appellant's motion for a mistrial, holding that the State presented sufficient evidence to convict...

Peoples v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 4, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 90
Docket Number: CR-19-10

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court treated Defendant's motion to lodge an appeal from a judgment sentencing him to 360 months imprisonment as a motion for rule on clerk and granted the motion, holding that because Defendant's counsel ne...

Martinez v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: March 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 85
Docket Number: CR-17-988

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and sentence for capital murder, unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle, and terroristic act, as well as a sentence enhancement for employing a firearm in the co...

IN RE JUDGE DAVID M. GLOVER (Per Curiam)
Date: March 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 87
Miller v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: March 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 81
Docket Number: CR-18-171

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

Lawson v. Simmons Sporting Goods, Inc. (Majority)  
Date: March 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 84
Docket Number: CV-18-545

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court dismissing Appellant's premises-liability suit against Simmons Sporting Goods, Inc. for lack of personal jurisdiction, holding that Arkansas courts did not have j...

Nooner v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: March 15, 2019
Citation: 2019 ARK. 80
Docket Number: CV-18-531

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from an order entered in the circuit court dismissing without prejudice Appellant’s pro se civil rights complaint for failure to provide proof of service in compliance with...

Gore v. Arkansas Teachers Federal Credit Union (Majority)  
Date: March 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 75
Docket Number: CV-17-1055

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court the circuit court’s denial of Appellant’s motion to dismiss and grant of a default judgment in favor of Arkansas Teachers Federal Credit Union (ATFCU), holding that the circuit court did not err in gran...

Burgie v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 77
Docket Number: CV-18-569

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order denying Appellant’s petition for leave to proceed in forma pauperis with a petition for declaratory judgment, holding that the underlying petition clearly failed to st...

Smith v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: March 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 76
Docket Number: CV-18-777

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from the circuit court’s denial of his petition to proceed in forma pauperis in an action seeking a writ of habeas corpus, thus declaring the motions Appellant filed in conn...

McDaniel v. State (Majority)  
Date: March 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 56
Docket Number: CR-17-1051

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s conviction of capital murder, first-degree battery, and aggravated residential battery, holding that no prejudicial error occurred during the proceedings below. Before trial, Appel...

Howell v. State  
Date: March 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 59
Docket Number: CR-17-703

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

Howell v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: March 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 59
Docket Number: CR-17-703

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

ZAVIER MARQUIS PREE v. STATE OF ARKANSAS, (Per Curiam)
Date: March 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 71
Docket Number: CR-17-954
Mitchell v. State (Majority)  
Date: March 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 67
Docket Number: CR-18-275

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Appellant’s conviction for first-degree murder, for which she was sentenced to life imprisonment, holding that the trial court violated Appellant’s fundamental right to a public trial by closin...

Lawshea v. State (Majority)  
Date: March 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 68
Docket Number: CR-18-553

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for two counts of capital felony murder and one count of aggravated robbery, holding that there was sufficient evidence to support the verdict. On appeal, Defendant argu...

Woods v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: March 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 62
Docket Number: CR-18-568

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant’s petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37, holding that the circuit court did not err in summarily denying Appellant’...

Douglas v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 57
Docket Number: CR-18-597

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court denying Appellant’s petition for postconviction relief filed under Ark. R. Crim. P. 37, holding that the circuit court’s decision to deny the petition was not...

Davis v. Deen (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: March 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 69
Docket Number: CV-16-814

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner’s petition for writ of mandamus filed in the Desha County Circuit Court, holding that the circuit court had no jurisdiction below. Petitioner was an inmate serving a life sentence in...

Davis v. Kelley (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: March 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 64
Docket Number: CV-18-371

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order granting Appellees’ motion to dismiss Appellant’s pro se petition for writ of mandamus and complaint for conversion but modified it as a dismissal without prejudice an...

Colton v. Kelley (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 54
Docket Number: CV-18-686

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant’s petition for writ of habeas corpus, holding that Appellant stated no ground for relief cognizable in a habeas proceeding. On appeal, Appellan...

IN RE ARK. SUPREME COURT COMMITTEE ON CIVIL PRACTICE (Per Curiam)
Date: February 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 ARK. 51
IN RE BOARD OF CERTIFIED COURT REPORTER EXAMINERS (Per Curiam)
Date: February 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 52
IN RE ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT COMMITTEE ON CHILD SUPPORT (Per Curiam)
Date: February 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 53
Ray v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: February 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 46
Docket Number: CR-17-1028

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

Null v. Arkansas Parole Board (Majority)  
Date: February 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 50
Docket Number: CV-17-936

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s dismissal of Appellant’s petition for judicial review under the Arkansas Administrative Procedure, declaratory relief, and petition for writ of mandamus, holding that the ci...

Redus v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: February 21, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 44
Docket Number: CR-18-844

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court treated Petitioner’s pro se motion for rule on clerk seeking to proceed with an appeal as a motion for belated appeal and denied the motion, holding that Petitioner’s petition was wholly without merit,...

Rainer v. State (Majority)  
Date: February 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 42
Docket Number: CR-12-80

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner’s petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to proceed with a petition for writ of error coram nobis and Petitioner’s motion for default judgment, holding that Petitioner wa...

Segerstrom v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: February 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 36
Docket Number: CR-17-829

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Appellant’s sentence of life imprisonment with the possibility of parole imposed in connection with his conviction for one count of capital murder, holding that the circuit court erred in apply...

Love v. State (Majority)  
Date: February 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 39
Docket Number: CR-18-477

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court dismissing Appellant’s petition for writ of error coram nobis, holding that the circuit court did not err in denying the writ of error coram nobis because Appe...

Chestang v. Mays (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: February 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 40
Docket Number: CV-18-567

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from an order denying his pro se petition for writ of mandamus and found that the motion for modification of that order was moot, holding that Appellant’s notice of appeal w...

Harmon v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: February 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 34
Docket Number: CV-16-898

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the circuit court in this dispute over reimbursement for costs arising out of a settlement, holding that some of the circuit court’s findings were p...

Conley v. Boll Weevil Pawn Co., Inc. (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: February 7, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 31
Docket Number: CV-17-678

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant’s third amended motion for class certification and remanded for further proceedings, holding that the trial court abused its discretion by not p...

Davis v. State (Majority)  
Date: January 31, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 20
Docket Number: CR-09-339

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Petitioner’s fourth petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to file a petition for writ of error coram nobis in the trial court in his criminal case, holding that the petition was...

Linell v. State (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: January 31, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 25
Docket Number: CR-17-118

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s denial of Appellant’s writ of mandamus seeking to order the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney to authorize the release of information and evidence from Appellant’s crimi...

Mills v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: January 31, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 21
Docket Number: CR-18-458

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from an order denying his pro se petition for writ of error coram nobis, holding that the the Court lacked jurisdiction to consider the appeal. Appellant lodged his appeal...

Makkali v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: January 31, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 17
Docket Number: CR-93-284

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner’s petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court so that he may file a petition for writ of error coram nobis in his criminal case, holding that Petitioner’s claim did not establ...

Buchanan v. State (Majority)  
Date: January 31, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 19
Docket Number: CR-93-714

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner’s petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to file a petition for writ of error coram nobis in his criminal case, holding that Petitioner’s claims did not establish a groun...

Protect Fayetteville v. City of Fayetteville (Majority)  
Date: January 31, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 30
Docket Number: CV-17-849

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the circuit court and dismissed this matter in its entirety, holding that the circuit court exceeded its jurisdiction on remand, and therefore, its actions following remand were...

Protect Fayetteville v. City of Fayetteville (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: January 31, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 28
Docket Number: CV-17-873

Justia Opinion Summary: In this interlocutory appeal concerning legislative and executive privilege in Arkansas the Supreme Court held that the legislative and executive privileges exist in Arkansas. At issue in this case was whether Ordinance...

Conley v. Kelley (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: January 31, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 23
Docket Number: CV-18-559

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s denial of Appellant’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that because none of Appellant’s arguments provided evidence of probable cause to believe that Appellant...

EUGENE WESLEY V. HON. WILLIAM R. WRIGHT, CIRCUIT JUDGE (Majority, with Dissenting)
Date: January 24, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 10
Docket Number: CR-18-481
Mosley v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: January 24, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 14
Docket Number: CR-95-872

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Petitioner’s third petition requesting the Court to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court so that he may file a petition for writ of error coram nobis, holding that relief was not warranted...

Jones v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: January 24, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 12
Docket Number: CV-18-661

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal of the circuit court’s denial of his petition for writ of habeas corpus and declared moot Appellant’s motion for an extension of time to file his brief-in-chief, holding tha...

Dednam v. State (Majority)  
Date: January 17, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 8
Docket Number: CR-04-573

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner’s pro se petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a petition for a writ of error coram nobis, holding that the petition was without merit. As grounds for issua...

Cunningham v. State (Majority)  
Date: January 17, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 9
Docket Number: CR-09-722

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, holding that Petitioner failed to demonstrate in the petition that t...

Lane v. State (Majority)  
Date: January 17, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 5
Docket Number: CR-17-882

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s denial of Appellant’s petition for postconviction relief under Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1, holding that none of Appellant’s claims merited postconviction relief under Rule 37. App...

DON AIRSMAN (Majority)
Date: January 17, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 3
Docket Number: CR-18-758
Berger v. Gibson (Majority)  
Date: January 17, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 4
Docket Number: CV-18-246

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied the motions filed by Warden James Gibson to dismiss Appellant’s appeal of the circuit court’s dismissal of his civil petition seeking an order directing the Warden to preserve certain evidence re...

Anderson v. Kelley (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: January 17, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 6
Docket Number: CV-18-485

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court dismissing Appellant’s petition for writ of habeas corpus, holding that charging Appellant in an amendment to the information originally filed in his brother’s ca...

Davis v. Kelley (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: January 17, 2019
Citation: 2019 Ark. 1
Docket Number: CV-18-783

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant’s motion seeking leave to proceed with a belated appeal of a circuit court order that dismissed his pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus after treating the motion as a motion fo...

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