Arkansas Supreme Court Decisions 2021

IN RE ADMINISTRATIVE PLANS (Per Curiam)
Date: December 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 235
IN RE APPOINTMENTS TO ARK. SUP. CT. COMM. ON PROF'L CONDUCT (Per Curiam)
Date: December 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 236
IN RE ARK. SUP. CT. COMM. ON AUTOMATION (Per Curiam)
Date: December 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 ARK. 237
Haverstick v. Haverstick (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: December 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 233
Docket Number: CV-20-363

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Appellants' motion to set aside an order probating their father's will and appointing their stepmother, Appellee, as personal representative of…

Myers v. Fecher (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: December 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 230
Docket Number: CV-20-568

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court ordering certain messages to be released because they constituted "public records" pursuant to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Ark. Code Ann.…

Siegel v. State (Majority)  
Date: December 9, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 228
Docket Number: CR-21-29

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and dismissed as moot in part the order of the circuit court that disposed of Appellant's motion for the return of seized property, holding that the circuit court correctly held that…

Medicanna, LLC v. Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration (Majority)  
Date: December 9, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 227
Docket Number: CV-20-643

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed the circuit court's dismissal of Plaintiff's lawsuit against the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, Arkansas Medical Marijuana…

REGINALD EARLY V. STATE OF ARKANSAS (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)
Date: December 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 221
Docket Number: CR-93-189
Peveto v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: December 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 225
Docket Number: CV-21-233

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's order dismissing Appellant's complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief, holding that there was no error. Appellant was cited for aiding and abetting two individuals…

Rivera-Ceren v. Presidential Limousine & Auto Sales, Inc. (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: December 2, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 219
Docket Number: CV-21-279

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court denying Plaintiff's motion for class-action certification in her suit against Defendant, a car dealership, holding that the circuit court abused its discretion…

IN RE ARKANSAS CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION BOARD (Per Curiam)
Date: November 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 218
McLaughlin v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: November 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 216
Docket Number: CR-20-513

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant's pro se habeas petition filed under Ark. Code Ann. 16-112-201, holding that a writ of habeas corpus filed pursuant to section 16-112-210 could…

Warner v. State (Majority)  
Date: November 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 215
Docket Number: CR-21-148

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court convicting Defendant of raping six-year-old M.H. and sentencing him to an enhanced sentence of life imprisonment without parole, holding that there was no…

Chunestudy v. State (Majority)  
Date: November 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 205
Docket Number: CR-11-1161

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 raise allegations that warranted…

McKinney v. State (Majority)  
Date: November 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 210
Docket Number: CR-18-546

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's pro se petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to allow him to file a petition for writ of error coram nobis in his criminal case, holding that the claims raised by…

Coakley v. State (Majority)  
Date: November 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 207
Docket Number: CR-20-284

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Petitioner's petition for postconviction relief without holding an evidentiary hearing, holding that there was no error. Petitioner was convicted of…

Brennan v. State (Majority)  
Date: November 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 206
Docket Number: CR-21-154

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant's petition for postconviction relief, holding that there was no error. Appellant was convicted of murdering his wife. He later filed this…

Jenkins v. Mercy Hospital Rogers (Majority)  
Date: November 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 211
Docket Number: Cv-20-713

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Plaintiff's employment discrimination complaint against Mercy Hospital Rogers, holding that the circuit court erred in…

Williams v. Payne (Majority)  
Date: November 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 212
Docket Number: CV-21-147

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Appellant's fourth pro se petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that Appellant failed to demonstrate that he was entitled to relief. In his…

Mahadevan v. Board of Trustees of University of Arkansas System (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: November 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 208
Docket Number: CV-21-201

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court that denied Appellant's request for injunctive relief preventing the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) from terminating his employment and…

TERRICK NOONER v. RAY HOBBS AND JAMES GIBSON (Majority)
Date: November 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 204
Docket Number: CV-21-313
Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration v. Lewis (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: November 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 213
Docket Number: CV-21-36

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the ruling of the circuit court denying the State's motion to dismiss this complaint alleging that Defendants, in their official capacities, had terminated him in violation of public policy…

IN RE ARKANSAS ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION (Per Curiam)
Date: November 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 203
Wood v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: November 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 201
Docket Number: CR-21-118

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant's motion to correct clerical errors in his sentencing order, holding that Appellant's sentencing order contained…

Trice v. Trice (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: November 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 199
Docket Number: CV-19-786

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court decree quieting and confirming title in 173.5 acres of Lee County property in favor of Appellees in this case, holding that the circuit court's findings were clearly…

White v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 198
Docket Number: CR-05-1407

Justia Opinion Summary: The 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, holding that Petitioner failed to establish sufficient…

Wells v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 195
Docket Number: CR-13-122

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's petitions for writ of habeas corpus, to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a writ of error coram nobis, and to recall the mandate, holding that Petitioner was not…

Williams v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 190
Docket Number: CR-90-247

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's pro se second petition and amended second petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a petition for writ of error coram nobis, holding that Petitioner's claim…

Walls v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 194
Docket Number: CR-99-1267

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 coram nobis, holding that none of Petitioner's claims established grounds for the…

Nalley v. Adams (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: October 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 191
Docket Number: CV-20-550

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's order granting Father's motion for modification of custody of the parties' daughter, holding that the court did not err in modifying the previous custody order after finding…

Hotels.com, L.P. v. Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commission (Majority)  
Date: October 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 196
Docket Number: CV-20-663

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this appeal for lack of a final or otherwise appealable order, holding that the orders Appellants were attempting to appeal were not appealable on an interlocutory basis. In this class-action…

JEFFREY BROWN v. STATE OF ARKANSAS (Majority)
Date: October 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 189
Docket Number: CV-21-120
Thompson v. Payne (Majority)  
Date: October 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 197
Docket Number: CV-21-168

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Appellant's pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus, holding that Appellant was not entitled to relief. Appellant was convicted of six felony…

Arkansas Department of Human Services Crimes Against Children Division v. Mitchell (Majority)  
Date: October 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 187
Docket Number: CV-19-62

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court reversing the determination of an Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) administrative law judge (ALJ) that allegations of child maltreatment made against…

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN DIVISION v. STEVEN D. MITCHELL (Majority)
Date: October 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 188
Docket Number: CV-19-63
Cherokee Nation Businesses, LLC v. Gulfside Casino Partnership (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: October 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 183
Docket Number: CV-21-289

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court's order finding that both Rule 2.13(b)(5) of the Casino Gaming Rules and Ark. Code Ann. 27-117-101(b) are unconstitutional, holding that the circuit court erred. In 2019, the…

Daniels v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 ARK. 182
Docket Number: CR-07-954

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's pro se petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to allow him to file a petition for writ of error coram nobis in his criminal case, holding that Petitioner failed to…

Sims v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 176
Docket Number: CR-08-616

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's second pro se petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to allow him to file a petition for writ of error coram nobis in his criminal case, holding that Petitioner failed…

Gordon v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 181
Docket Number: CR-12-7

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's second pro se petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a petition for writ of error coram nobis and seeking the appointment of postconviction counsel, holding…

Her v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 175
Docket Number: CR-14-580

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 present a cognizable claim for…

Pitts v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 178
Docket Number: CR-18-424

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 establish a ground for the…

Coakley v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 180
Docket Number: CR-20-122

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant's petition to correct an illegal sentence filed pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111, holding that Appellant failed to allege facts to…

Willingham v. State (Majority)  
Date: October 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 177
Docket Number: CR-21-62

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant's pro se petition to correct an illegal sentence, holding that the circuit court erred in denying the petition. Appellant pled guilty to one…

Pennington v. BHP Billiton Petroleum, LLC (Majority)  
Date: October 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 179
Docket Number: CV-21-163

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered a certified question from federal court about whether Arkansas law prevented Plaintiffs from pursuing their breach of contract claim when the first breach occurred outside of the state of…

Kemp v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: October 7, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 173
Docket Number: CR-95-549

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Defendant's request for a writ of error coram nobis, holding that Defendant was not entitled to relief. Defendant was convicted and sentenced to death for the murders of four people. Defendant…

TIMOTHY WAYNE KEMP v. STATE OF ARKANSAS (Majority)
Date: October 7, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 172
Docket Number: CR-98-463
IN RE ARKANSAS ACCESS TO JUSTICE MONTH (Per Curiam)
Date: September 30, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 171
Turbo v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: September 30, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 166
Docket Number: CR-20-505

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of rape, holding that none of Defendant's arguments on appeal entitled him to a reversal of his conviction. On appeal, Defendant did not challenge the sufficiency of the…

IN RE CLIENT SECURITY FUND COMMITTEE (Per Curiam)
Date: September 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 163
Green v. State (Majority)  
Date: September 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 159
Docket Number: CR-00-1258

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 raise a cognizable claim for…

Burgie v. State (Majority)  
Date: September 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 157
Docket Number: CR-20-520

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant's petition for a writ of mandamus that sought to compel the disclosure of documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Ark. Code…

Marshall v. State (Majority)  
Date: September 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 158
Docket Number: CR-21-3

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first-degree murder, for which he was sentenced to life imprisonment, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by not giving a jury instruction on…

JEREMY TURNER v. STATE OF ARKANSAS (Majority)
Date: September 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 156
Docket Number: CR-21-59
Hall v. State (Majority)  
Date: September 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 160
Docket Number: CR-81-130

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 alleging that he was denied effective counsel prior to his criminal…

Fuller/Akbar v. Payne (Majority)  
Date: September 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 155
Docket Number: CV-20-525

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court dismissing Appellant's pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus, holding that Appellant stated no ground in the petition on which the writ could issue.…

Muntaqim v. Payne (Majority)  
Date: September 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 162
Docket Number: CV-20-540

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of Appellant's pro se civil rights complaint filed pursuant to the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 (ACRA), Ark. Code Ann. 16-123-101 to -108, in which he alleged that Arkansas…

True v. Payne (Majority)  
Date: September 16, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 154
Docket Number: CV-20-723

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court denying and dismissing Appellant's petition for a writ of habeas corpus filed in the county of his incarceration, holding that Appellant failed to demonstrate…

IN RE ARK. SUP. CT. CIV. PRACTICE COMM. (Per Curiam)
Date: July 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 ARK. 153
Macklin v. Arkansas Department of Human Services (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 24, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 151
Docket Number: CV-20-714

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court denying mother's motion to prohibit the Arkansas Department of Human Services (ADHS) from immunizing her one-year-old daughter, M.S., over her objection after the…

Edwards v. Thomas (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: June 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 140
Docket Number: CV-20-492

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered a certified question in the negative and held that Ark. Code Ann. 27-34-106(a) does not violate the separation of powers doctrine under article 4, section 2, and Amendment 80, section 3 of the…

Arkansas Department of Education v. McCoy (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: June 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 136
Docket Number: CV-20-536

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying the motion to dismiss this action against the Arkansas Department of Education, members of the Arkansas State Board of Education, and the Commissioner…

Johnson v. Payne (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: June 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 145
Docket Number: CV-20-698

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant's pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus, holding that Appellant stated no ground on which the writ could issue. Appellant entered a plea of…

Phillips v. Culpepper (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: June 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 149
Docket Number: CV-20-725

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Petitioner's claim for habeas relief on the grounds that Petitioner's allegations should have been raised at trial or in a timely petition under…

Burnside v. Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: June 17, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 147
Docket Number: CV-21-135

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's petition to proceed in forma pauperis with respect to a petition for writ of certiorari, holding that Petitioner was not entitled to relief. Petitioner, proceeding pro se, submitted…

NICHOLAS MATTHEW LEWONDOWSKI v. STATE OF ARKANSAS (Majority)
Date: June 10, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 132
Docket Number: CR-19-901
Clark v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 10, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 130
Docket Number: CR-20-630

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant's pro se petition to correct an illegal sentence pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111, holding that Appellant failed to demonstrate that his…

Rea v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 10, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 134
Docket Number: CR-20-690

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant's petition to correct an illegal sentence, filed pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111, holding that Appellant failed to allege facts that…

Smith v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 10, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 131
Docket Number: CR-21-15

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Defendant's petition for relief from an illegal sentence under Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111, holding that the circuit court did not err. Defendant pleaded…

Muhammad v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 10, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 129
Docket Number: CR-21-38

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the judgment of the circuit court denying Defendant's pro se petition to correct an illegal sentence pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111, holding…

Makkali v. State (Majority)  
Date: June 10, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 128
Docket Number: CR-93-284

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's pro se fourth petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a petition for a writ of error coram nobis, holding that Petitioner failed to allege sufficient grounds…

State ex rel. Rutledge v. Purdue Pharma L.P. (Majority)  
Date: June 10, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 133
Docket Number: CV-20-682

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this interlocutory appeal brought by the State challenging a sanctions order entered by the circuit court pursuant to Ark. R. Civ. P. 37, holding that this Court lacked appellate jurisdiction…

Plymale v. Rogers (Majority)  
Date: June 3, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 125
Docket Number: CV-20-174

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed and dismissed the adoption order of the circuit court, holding that the circuit court erred in determining that Father's consent was not required in the adoption of his two minor children to…

Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission v. Sims (Per Curiam, with Dissenting)  
Date: June 3, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 126
Docket Number: D-21-231

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court accepted the findings of fact by the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission and its recommendation that the Court suspend the Honorable Barry Sims of the Sixth Judicial District,…

Russell v. State (Majority)  
Date: May 27, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 119
Docket Number: CR-13-1022

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 establish that the State violated…

Jenkins v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: May 27, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 120
Docket Number: CR-20-598

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant's appeal from the denial of his petition for writ of mandamus/prohibition, holding that Appellant filed his petition in the wrong county. A Phillips County jury convicted Appellant…

Thompson v. Payne (Majority)  
Date: May 27, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 117
Docket Number: CV-20-416

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Appellant's pro se petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that the circuit court did not abuse its discretion in dismissing Appellant's…

Wade v. Payne (Majority)  
Date: May 27, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 116
Docket Number: CV-20-560

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court dismissing Appellant's pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus, holding that Appellant stated no ground on which the writ could issue. Appellants was convicted…

Peeler v. State (Majority)  
Date: May 27, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 118
Docket Number: CV-20-709

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant's petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that Appellant's claims fell outside the purview of habeas relief. Appellant was convicted…

IN RE BOARD OF CERTIFIED COURT REPORTER EXAMINERS (Per Curiam)
Date: May 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 115
Elliott v. State (Majority)  
Date: May 20, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 114
Docket Number: CR-20-407

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court resentencing Appellant to a term of life imprisonment, holding that the circuit court did not err in denying Appellant's resentencing motion,…

Carroll v. State (Majority)  
Date: May 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 111
Docket Number: CR-09-255

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 none of Petitioner's claims established a ground for…

McClinton v. State (Majority)  
Date: May 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 108
Docket Number: CR-14-1060

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's pro se third petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a writ of error coram nobis, holding that Petitioner failed to demonstrate in the petition that the writ…

Ford v. State (Majority)  
Date: May 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 112
Docket Number: CR-20-283

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Petitioner's pro se petition to correct an illegal sentence pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111, holding that the trial court did not err. In his…

Hooper v. State (Majority)  
Date: May 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 110
Docket Number: CR-20-447

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Appellant's successive pro se petition requesting or obtaining an authorization order for leave to amend and supplement records pursuant to Act…

Everett v. State (Majority)  
Date: May 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 113
Docket Number: CR-20-573

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Appellant's pro se petition for a writ of error coram nobis, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying relief. Defendant…

Khalifa v. State (Majority)  
Date: May 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 109
Docket Number: CR-21-60

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's pro se petition for a writ of mandamus asking the Supreme Court to compel the circuit court to conduct a hearing on his petition for writ of habeas corpus filed under Ark. Code Ann.…

Harkuf v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: May 13, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 107
Docket Number: CV-19-386

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying and dismissing Appellant's petition for writ of habeas corpus filed pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-112-101, holding that Appellant failed to establish…

ROBERT WOODWARD v. STATE OF ARKANSAS (Majority, with Dissenting)
Date: May 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 101
Docket Number: CR-19-421
McCarty v. Arkansas State Plant Board (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: May 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 105
Docket Number: CV-20-164

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court finding that Ark. Code Ann. 2-16-206(a), which sets forth the appointment process for members of the Arkansas State Plant Board (ASPB), was constitutional,…

Monsanto Co. v. Arkansas State Plant Board (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: May 6, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 103
Docket Number: CV-20-173

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed on direct appeal the order of the circuit court denying in part Monsanto Company's motion for judgment on the pleadings and concluding that the Arkansas State Plant Board's Regulation 7 does…

IN RE ARKANSAS ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOUNDATION, INC. (Per Curiam)
Date: April 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 100
Rayburn v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 98
Docket Number: CR-20-176

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's petition for postconviction relief under Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1 without holding an evidentiary hearing, holding that the petition and…

Ventry v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 96
Docket Number: CR-20-232

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court sentencing Defendant to life imprisonment after a resentencing hearing, holding that no prejudicial error occurred. Defendant, who was seventeen when he…

Lowery v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 97
Docket Number: CR-20-553

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the conclusions of the trial court denying Petitioner's petition and amended petition for postconviction relief filed pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1, holding that the trial court did not err…

Hayes v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 95
Docket Number: CR-20-599

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant's pro se petition to correct an illegal sentence under Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111, holding that Appellant failed to allege that his sentence…

Myers v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 93
Docket Number: CR-20-640

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed an order of the circuit court denying Appellant's pro se petition for writ of error coram nobis, holding that Appellant failed to demonstrate that the circuit court abused its discretion in…

Osborn v. Payne (Majority)  
Date: April 29, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 94
Docket Number: CV-20-288

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court denying and dismissing Appellant's petition for writ of habeas corpus filed pursuant to Ark. Code Ann.16-112-101, holding that Appellant failed to state a…

Ashley v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 89
Docket Number: CR-11-613

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 and for clarification of certain dates in which Petitioner claimed…

Walther v. Welspun Tubular, LLC (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 90
Docket Number: CV-19-934

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed an order of the circuit court finding in favor of Welspun Tubular, LLC in this challenge to a disallowed compensating-use-tax exemption, holding that the circuit court did not err. A "sales…

Wolfe v. Payne (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 22, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 87
Docket Number: CV-20-420

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant's pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus filed pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-112-101, holding that Appellant failed to demonstrate…

Marek v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 77
Docket Number: CR-19-695

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case, the Supreme Court held that Defendant was entitled to proceed with a belated appeal and that Defendant was indigent. Defendant was convicted of aggravated assault on a family member and was…

Collins v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 80
Docket Number: CR-20-106

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed and vacated the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of first-degree assault and sentencing him to thirty days in jail, holding that Defendant failed to perfect his…

Joyner v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 78
Docket Number: CR-20-245

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Petitioner's postconviction petition filed under Ark. R. Crim. P. 37, holding that the circuit court did not err. Defendant was convicted of four…

State v. Kirchner (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: April 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 73
Docket Number: CR-20-583

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this interlocutory appeal brought by the State pursuant to Ark. R. App. P.-Crim. 3 arguing that the circuit court erred in granting Defendant's motion to suppress medical records obtained…

King v. State (Majority)  
Date: April 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 84
Docket Number: CR-98-1452

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's pro se petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the circuit court to consider a petition for writ of error coram nobis, holding that Petitioner failed to allege cognizable grounds for…

Symanietz v. Symanietz (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: April 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 75
Docket Number: CV-19-625

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and dismissed in part the divorce decree and orders of contempt of the circuit court in this divorce case, holding that the circuit court did not err or abuse its…

McArty v. Payne (Majority)  
Date: April 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 85
Docket Number: CV-20-559

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court denying and dismissing Appellant's petition for writ of habeas corpus, holding that Appellant failed to show that he was entitled to issuance of the…

KENDRICK STORY v. STATE OF ARKANSAS (Majority)
Date: April 15, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 82
Docket Number: CV-20-724
EMMITT RILEY v. STATE OF ARKANSAS (Majority, with Dissenting)
Date: April 8, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 70
Docket Number: CR-20-597
Riley v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: April 8, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 70
Docket Number: CR-20-597

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 court did not err by denying the petition without a…

Davis v. Kelley (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: March 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 63
Docket Number: CV-19-663

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Appellant's petition for a writ of mandamus with prejudice under Ark. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6), holding that the circuit court did not abuse its…

Tomey v. Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co. (Majority)  
Date: March 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 62
Docket Number: CV-20-421

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court expanded the exception to the parental-immunity doctrine when the minor brings a direct-action suit against an insurance carrier for uninsured-motorist coverage to cover direct-action claims when…

Brown v. Towell (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 60
Docket Number: CV-20-480

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case stemming from ad valorem tax assessments, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing this matter for failure to exhaust administrative remedies, holding that that the matter was…

Anderson v. Payne (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: March 11, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 53
Docket Number: CR-11-331

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's pro se motion to recall the mandate issued by the Supreme Court on direct appeal, his petition for a writ of habeas corpus, and his motion for joinder of claims, holding that…

Kolb v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 11, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 58
Docket Number: CR-19-824

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant's motion for a directed verdict, holding that the circuit court did not err in denying the motion. After a jury trial, Appellant was…

Thurston v. Safe Surgery Arkansas (Majority)  
Date: March 11, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 55
Docket Number: CV-20-562

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court granting Petitioners' request for a preliminary injunction and finding that the entirety of Ark. Code Ann. 7-9-601(b) is unconstitutional, holding that the…

Calhoun v. Area Agency on Aging of Southeast Arkansas (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 11, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 56
Docket Number: CV-20-78

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission that Appellant was not entitled to a wage-loss award in addition to his impairment rating because Area Agency on Aging of Southeast…

IN RE AMENDMENT TO ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 16 (Per Curiam)
Date: March 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 51
Collins v. State (Majority)  
Date: March 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 35
Docket Number: CR-19-471

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court convicting Appellant of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and committing first-degree murder in the presence of a child,…

Dirickson v. State (Majority)  
Date: March 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 36
Docket Number: CR-20-243

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant's pro se petition to correct an illegal sentence pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111, holding that the circuit court correctly denied the…

Hill v. State (Majority)  
Date: March 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 41
Docket Number: CR-20-367

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's dismissal of Appellant's petition for ineffective assistance of counsel filed under Ark. R. Crim. P. 37, holding that Appellant was not entitled to relief. Appellant was…

Flow v. State (Majority)  
Date: March 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 48
Docket Number: CR-20-502

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant's pro se petition to correct an illegal sentence pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111, holding that the circuit court did not err in denying the…

Hussey v. State (Majority)  
Date: March 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 45
Docket Number: CR-20-514

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court dismissing Appellant's pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus seeking scientific testing of evidence from his 1996 criminal case, holding that the circuit…

Commons v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: March 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 47
Docket Number: CV-19-287

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant's petition to proceed in forma paupers in connection with a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that the circuit court correctly…

Cherry v. Cherry (Majority)  
Date: March 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 49
Docket Number: CV-19-363

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed a divorce decree that awarded Rhonda Marlene Cherry permanent alimony and a subsequent order that found William Cherry in contempt for failing to pay the full amount of alimony ordered, holding…

Arkansas Ethics Commission v. Weaver (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: March 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 38
Docket Number: CV-20-171

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court vacating the finding of the Arkansas Ethics Commission that Susan Weaver violated Ark. Code Ann. 7-6-228(c)(1) when a magazine published her campaign…

Jones v. Payne (Majority)  
Date: March 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 37
Docket Number: CV-20-345

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court denying and dismissing Appellant's petition for writ of habeas corpus filed pursuant Ark. Code Ann. 16-112-101 to -123, holding that the circuit court did not…

C.J. Mahan Construction Co. v. Betzner (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: March 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 42
Docket Number: CV-20-456

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order the circuit court certifying a class action against Defendants, holding that the circuit court did not err or abuse its discretion. Plaintiffs filed a class action complaint against…

Anderson v. Payne (Majority)  
Date: March 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 44
Docket Number: CV-20-530

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's denial of Appellant's petition for writ of habeas corpus, holding that the circuit court did not err in denying the petition and in finding of an abuse of the…

Jones v. State (Majority)  
Date: March 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 46
Docket Number: CV-21-23

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court declaring Bobby Lee Jones ineligible to hold the office of Justice of the Peace, holding that the trial court erred by not providing Jones with a hearing on the…

Adams v. State (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: February 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 34
Docket Number: CR-20-143

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of rape, second-degree sexual assault, and third-degree domestic battery, holding that the circuit court did not err or abuse its discretion. On appeal, Defendant…

LAJASON COAKLEY v. STATE OF ARKANSAS (Majority)
Date: February 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 32
Docket Number: CR-20-284
White v. Owen (Majority)  
Date: February 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 31
Docket Number: CV-19-781

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case stemming from a motor vehicle accident the Supreme Court affirmed as modified the circuit court's order dismissing with prejudice Plaintiffs' claims against against Defendant, holding that the circuit court…

Esterline Technologies Corp. v. Brownlee (Majority)  
Date: February 18, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 33
Docket Number: CV-20-315

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted a petition for a writ of prohibition filed by Petitioners - Respondent's employer, its corporate parent, and a fellow employee - asking the court to dismiss Respondent's declaratory judgment…

IN RE RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC (Per Curiam)
Date: February 12, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 30
IN RE ARKANSAS BOARD OF LAW EXAMINERS (Per Curiam)
Date: February 11, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 29
State v. Torres (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: February 11, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 22
Docket Number: CR-20-269

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied the State's petition for a writ of certiorari to the circuit court's order granting a mistrial as to both the guilt and penalty phases of Defendant's capital murder trial when the event…

Manuel v. State (Majority, with Dissenting)  
Date: February 11, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 24
Docket Number: CR-20-419

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this appeal from the denial of Appellant's pro se motion to enforce his plea agreement, holding that Appellant's motion to enforce the plea agreement represented an untimely postconviction…

Gentry v. State (Majority)  
Date: February 11, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 26
Docket Number: CR-20-433

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for second-degree murder and sentence of life imprisonment but reversed the additional ten years added to the sentence for a firearm enhancement, holding that Defendant's…

IN RE ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT CRIMINAL PRACTICE COMMITTEE (Per Curiam)
Date: February 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 20
IN RE AMENDMENT TO ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 16 (Per Curiam)
Date: February 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 21
Washington v. State (Majority)  
Date: February 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 13
Docket Number: CR-04-18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's pro se third petition to reinvest jurisdiction in the trial court to consider a petition for writ of error coram nobis, holding that Petitioner's claim has been raised in previous…

Green v. State (Majority)  
Date: February 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 19
Docket Number: CR-20-346

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's denial of Petitioner's petition to correct an illegal sentence filed pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111, holding that Petitioner did not allege or demonstrate in this…

Brown v. State (Majority)  
Date: February 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 16
Docket Number: CR-20-88

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for first-degree murder, for which he was sentenced to life imprisonment, holding that there was no prejudicial error in the proceedings below. The victim in this case…

Williams v. St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center (Majority)  
Date: February 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 14
Docket Number: CV-19-664

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed in part and affirmed in part the appeal of the circuit court's order granting motions to dismiss filed by hospital defendants in this medical malpractice action, holding that the circuit court…

Cherokee Nation Businesses, LLC v. Gulfside Casino Partnership (Majority)  
Date: February 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 17
Docket Number: CV-20-211

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the circuit court refusing to allow Cherokee Nation Businesses, LLC to intervene in litigation brought by Gulfside Casino Partnership against the Arkansas Department of Finance…

Benson v. Payne (Majority)  
Date: February 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 18
Docket Number: CV-20-280

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant's pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus filed pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-112-101, holding that Appellant's claim was not cognizable in…

Starling v. Kelley (Majority)  
Date: February 4, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 15
Docket Number: CV-20-353

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's order denying Appellant's pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus, holding that Appellant stated no ground in the petition on which the writ could issue. Appellant was…

Convent Corp. v. City of North Little Rock (Majority, with Concurring and Dissenting)  
Date: January 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 7
Docket Number: CV-20-216

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part, reversed and remanded in part, and dismissed as moot in part the circuit court's order granting summary judgment in favor of the the City of North Little Rock, the City's mayor,…

Rent-A-Center East, Inc. v. Walther (Majority, with Concurring)  
Date: January 28, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 10
Docket Number: CV-20-50

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court finding that certain rent-to-own leases were subject to the special excise tax on short-term rentals of tangible personal property levied by Ark. Code Ann.…

Kellensworth v. State (Majority)  
Date: January 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 ARK. 5
Docket Number: CR-19-684

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction fo multiple drug crimes, holding that the circuit court did not err or abuse its discretion. On appeal, Defendant argued that there was insufficient evidence to support…

Gay v. State (Majority)  
Date: January 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 ARK. 3
Docket Number: CR-19-762

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant's petition for postconviction relief filed pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.5, holding that the circuit court failed to make specific written…

Ozark Mountain Solid Waste District v. JMS Enterprises, Inc. (Majority)  
Date: January 21, 2021
Citation: 2021 ARK. 4
Docket Number: CV-20-425

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this appeal stemming from an illegal-exaction case challenging whether a court-ordered annual service fee charged to customers by Ozark Mountain Solid Waste District to repay Ozark Mountain's…

IN RE APPOINTMENTS TO AUTOMATION COMM. (Per Curiam)
Date: January 14, 2021
Citation: 2021 Ark. 2
IN RE RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC (JAN. 5, 2021) (Per Curiam)
Date: January 5, 2021
Citation: 2021 ARK. 1
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