Private Beaches

A federal judge in Florida refused to block a county ordinance closing local beaches in a suit brought by beachfront property owners, including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.  In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the court ruled, “it seems highly likely … that the county has the authority to take the measures that it has in order to address the emergency.”

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Abortion in Arkansas

A federal court in Arkansas temporarily blocked an order preventing the only surgical abortion clinic in the state from performing the procedure during the Covid-19 pandemic, finding the record supports the clinic’s claim that the ban will inflict “serious physical, emotional and psychological injuries” on patients by forcing them to delay or forgo abortions.

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Arkansas High Court Rules Judicial Candidate Should Be on Ballot

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of a state judicial candidate’s challenge to remain on the March primary ballot, overturning a lower court’s ruling finding him ineligible to run for office because of a 1994 misdemeanor conviction it found involved an “infamous crime.”

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Terroristic Threats

A Marine veteran who posted on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Facebook page that he would “pay an ISIS terrorist with a nuke” to “burn the v.a. at 10 million degrees Fahrenheit,” was properly convicted of terroristic threatening, an appeals court in Arkansas ruled, finding that it was reasonable for the VA to take the statement and other parts of the post as a true threat.

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