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Rights groups challenge Arkansas voter ID law
April 18, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Public Law Center filed a complaint Wednesday in Arkansas state court challenging the constitutionality of the state's voter ID law. Act 595, passed in 2013 by the Republican-led Arkansas legislature, requires that Arkansas residents....... [more]

Arkansas AG to appeal ruling striking down 12-week abortion ban
April 13, 2014
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced on Friday that he appeal a federal judge's decision striking down a state law that bans abortions starting at 12 weeks of pregnancy. Last month US District Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled that the state law is unconstitutional and that abortions ca....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Arkansas abortion law
March 15, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas ruled on Friday that a state law banning most abortions after 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy is unconstitutional. Judge Susan Webber Wright temporarily blocked Act 301 last year, and allowed a challenge against the law to proc....... [more]

Arkansas top court overturns blanket use of cohabitation ban in custody cases
November 22, 2013
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that an order prohibiting a parent from having overnight visitation with his child in the presence of his long-term domestic partner failed to consider the best interests of the child. Arkansas courts had an established precedent of barring parents in chi....... [more]

Adoption and Parental Rights
July 19, 2013
The legal controversy over same-sex marriage has also implicated debate over the parental and adoption rights of homosexual couples. Although many states have yet to officially address the issue, several states have had notable legal conflicts. In recent years, the courts have abrogated many state....... [more]

Arkansas lawsuit seeks to overturn same-sex marriage ban
July 16, 2013
Three same-sex couples on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban. The plaintiffs argue that Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution, which reads, "Marriage consists only of the union of one man and one woman," violates their rights to equal protection and due process u....... [more]

Supreme Court rules for Oklahoma in Red River water dispute
June 13, 2013
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann that the Red River Compact does not preempt Oklahoma water laws. The Red River Compact regulates water rights from the Red River among the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Tarrant Regiona....... [more]

What Exactly is "Extraterritorial Application" of a Statute?
May 28, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Kenneth S. Gallant of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law says that careful delineation of the application of extraterritorial law is the key to its predictable application ...In two recent cases, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and Morris....... [more]

Federal judge blocks Arkansas 12-week abortion ban
May 17, 2013
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas on Friday temporarily blocked enforcement of a law law banning abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy. US District Judge Susan Webber Wright granted a motion for preliminary injunction against the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection....... [more]

Federal judge allows challenge to Arkansas abortion law to proceed
May 17, 2013
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas on Wednesday rejected Arkansas' attempt to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's law banning abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy. US District Judge Susan Webber Wright denied the motion to dismiss, ruling that the lawsuit mad....... [more]

Arkansas abortion law challenged
April 18, 2013
Two advocacy groups filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas Tuesday challenging the Human Heartbeat Protection Act. The Human Heartbeat Protection Act is an Arkansas law banning most abortions at the twelfth week of pregnancy, if a heartbeat is detected. The Am....... [more]




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