Category Archives: Court

Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled today that the Defense of Marriage Act, the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, is unconstitutional. “The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose … Continue reading

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Jury deliberations begin in Wendi Cox trial

Less than two days after opening statements began at the Union County Courthouse, the jury has entered into deliberations on whether Wendi Cox is guilty of a multitude of thefts in connection with the Mulerider horse case of late 2011. … Continue reading

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Calion man arrested for leaving UPS driver trapped in wreck

Union County investigators arrested on Thursday a 32-year-old Calion man who reportedly left the scene of an accident earlier this week in which the driver of a United Parcel Service truck was trapped behind his wheel, according to UCSO Investigator … Continue reading

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Shepherd files proposed constitutional amendments

Among the five proposals submitted ahead of Wednesday’s deadline, Rep. Matthew Shepherd (R-El Dorado) included one that would redefine Arkansas Supreme Court positions as appointed rather than elected seats. If passed HJR1005 would alter the Arkansas Constitution to allow the … Continue reading

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Abortion bill moves to full Senate

Flying in the face of the 40-year Roe v. Wade decision, an Arkansas Senate panel OK’d a bill today that would ban abortion at the state level if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Only two of the eight-member Senate … Continue reading

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Hesterly released to house arrest

After contesting allegations that he threatened his ex-wife, federal authorities and witnesses in a bribery and conspiracy case against him, Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly was released Monday to home detention until his trial later this year. According to Arkansas … Continue reading

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Ouachita County judge held due to alleged threats

The government has requested Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly remain in jail while he awaits a bond hearing on federal charges of bribery and conspiracy, according to Dave Showers, the News-Times reporter on the story. Hesterly, who turned himself in … Continue reading

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Beebe: Would repeal the death penalty

“Signing death warrants” has given Gov. Mike Beebe cause to question the death penalty to the point that he would legislate repealing them entirely, according to Arkansas News. Rather than allow any more prisoners on death row to face the … Continue reading

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County officials pass blame for notice failure

Former Justice of the Peace Steve Ward created something of a quagmire on Monday when he accused the Union County Quorum Court of meeting illegally on Jan. 1 to set the 2013 monthly meeting time and date. Ward, who lost … Continue reading

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McDaniel admits to “inappropriate” relationship with Hot Springs attorney

Representatives for Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said today despite affirmation that he was involved in an “inappropriate” relationship with a Hot Springs lawyer last year, he will still seek the Democratic gubernatorial nomination for 2014. According to Arkansas Online, … Continue reading

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ADC convict with Union County ties allegedly strangles cell mate

An Arkansas Department of Correction inmate who allegedly killed his cell mate over the weekend using a sheet has ties to Union County where he was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of his parents 21 years ago, according … Continue reading

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$350K bonds assigned for attempted murder suspects

Charged with attempted first-degree murder and engaging in gang-related activities, Deanthony Traylor, 23, Roshune Glosson, 18, and Derrick Andrews, 25, now face $350,000 sheriff’s bonds following a session in Union County District Court this morning. The three El Dorado men … Continue reading

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Huttig alderman-elect hit with $2,000-plus civil suit

A Huttig alderman-elect was recently hit with a $2,000-plus lawsuit alleging he owes St. Vincent Health Systems for medical bills left unpaid over the last year. According to a complaint for collection of debt, John Osgood, who beat out Marcus … Continue reading

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Light at the end of the tunnel for the under-staffed jail

Next week, the Union County Quorum Court will consider a proposal to create two additional positions at the Union County Jail in response to an under-staffing problem. Both positions would be for lieutenant shift supervisors at salaries of $31,809.75, according … Continue reading

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Grants in aid proves sticking point at UCQC

The grants in aid budget was a topic of contention at the Union County Quorum Court this morning where several justices of the peace were split on the matter of charitable contributions made out of county funds. Historically, the issue … Continue reading

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