November 26, 2014
by Ashley Hogan
Two federal judges on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi. The rulings overturned the voter-approved bans that had been in place for over a decade. US District Judge Carlton Wayne Reeves of Jackson placed his decision declaring the ban a violation of the ...[read more]
October 16, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's voter identification law on Wednesday, finding it unconstitutional. Act 592 required "proof of identity in the form of a voter-identification card or a document or identification card showing the voter's name and photo issued by the United States, ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
States that have toughened voter identification laws have experienced steeper drops in election turnout than those that have not, including disproportionate falloffs among black and younger voters, according to a nonpartisan congressional study released on Wednesday by the US Government ...[read more]
October 7, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Holt v. Hobbs the court is considering whether an Arkansas prison policy that prohibits Muslim prisoners from growing a half-inch beard violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Current prison ...[read more]
October 2, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Oral arguments for a case challenging Arkansas' voter ID law began on Thursday, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. The Brennan Center for Justice filed an amicus brief supporting the challengers. Act 595, passed in 2013 by the Arkansas legislature, ...[read more]
May 27, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Plumhoff v. Rickard that police officers who fatally shot a driver to end a dangerous car chase did not violate the Fourth Amendment. The case was brought on appeal by six officers who claimed they were entitled to qualified immunity in a civil lawsuit filed ...[read more]
May 16, 2014
by G. Redd
A judge for Arkansas' Pulaski County Circuit Court ruled Thursday that the state ban on court clerks issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples is unconstitutional. In doing so, Judge Chris Piazza effectively expanded his May 10 decision wherein he ruled that the state ban on gay marriage was ...[read more]
May 15, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Arkansas Supreme Court issued an unsigned order Thursday declining to put on hold a ruling that overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. The court however, ruled that the the circuit court's order had no effect on Ark. Code Ann. 9-11-208(b) and its prohibition agai... ...[read more]
May 10, 2014
by G. Redd
A judge for Arkansas' Pulaski County Circuit Court ruled Friday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, striking down both the Arkansas General Assembly Act 144 of 1997 and the 2004 Amendment 83 of the Arkansas State Constitution. Reviewing not only state and federal ...[read more]
April 25, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A judge for the Pulaski County Circuit Court for the 6th Division on Thursday struck down an Arkansas voter ID law, finding that it violates the state constitution. In the order granting summary judgment to the Pulaski County Election Commission, Judge Tim Fox found Act 595 violates Article 3... ...[read more]

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