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Brinkley man charged in friend's shooting death

James Lee Frost told Brinkley police "something just came over him" when he saw his friend and his girlfriend leave her apartment early on the morning of Jan. 4.


Police Beat

Witness says spat got hot, man shot


Police investigate car fire in Poteau

The Poteau Police Department responded to the scene of a car fire on Old Highway 59 Wednesday night.


Proactive policing finds more crime in 2017

Crimes discovered from proactive policing were up 14.9% in Jonesboro from 2016 to 2017.


Lawyers: Suspect in New York's Halloween terror attack willing to plead guilty

Lawyers for a man charged with killing eight people in a Halloween terrorist attack in Manhattan say he'll plead guilty if the death penalty is not an option


Arkansas man gets 20 years for injuring infant, 1-year-old

An Arkansas man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to causing injuries to two young children, including his infant daughter.


Thieves use key to enter Little Rock fast-food restaurant, steal cash from safe, police say

Two thieves who took more than $500 from a Little Rock fast-food restaurant's safe used a key to enter the business, authorities said.


Witness tells Little Rock police that gunman opened fire at stopped car; 2 other vehicles reported damaged

Multiple vehicles were hit in a shooting Tuesday evening, police said.


Man shot in leg during dispute inside Little Rock apartment, police say

Authorities are investigating a shooting inside a Little Rock apartment on Tuesday night.


3 women charged in deadly Arkansas home invasion; resident fatally shot 1 intruder, police say

Formal charges have been filed against three women related to an Arkansas home invasion in which an 81-year-old resident fatally shot a suspected fourth intruder.


Suspect in killings of woman, 2 young children in Little Rock goes to court

A suspect in the killings of a 24-year-old woman and her two children in Little Rock appeared before a federal magistrate judge Tuesday in Colorado.


Police beat

Sale of phone ends in fake bills, punch


Teen punched her after giving her fake $100s for iPhone, woman tells North Little Rock police

A woman who tried to sell her iPhone to a 16-year-old in North Little Rock was handed fake bills then punched in the face, she told police.


Thief shatters glass, steals cash in break-in of Japanese steakhouse, North Little Rock police say

Hundreds of dollars was stolen in the burglary of a North Little Rock restaurant, police say.


Police: After chase, officers arrest Arkansan linked to theft of dealership's vehicles, 2 pizza place burglaries

Police on Saturday arrested a Fayetteville man in connection with stealing more than 10 vehicles, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.


Police see rape as 2nd attempt; first Little Rock victim escaped blue car

Little Rock police believe that two assailants who raped and beat a woman last week also forced a woman into a vehicle at knife-point earlier that same night.


Little Rock police: 2 who raped, beat woman forced another victim into vehicle the same night

Little Rock police said Monday that two people who forced a woman into a vehicle at knifepoint last week are believed to be the same assailants who raped and beat a different woman later that same night.


2 central Arkansas women face attempted murder charges in beating of 21-year-old, police say

Two central Arkansas women were arrested Saturday in the beating of a 21-year-old man on New Year's Day, police said.


Little Rock police get federal grant to reduce gun crimes

Little Rock police are using a federal grant to buy technology that will cut the time it takes officers to link shell casings found at different crime scenes.


Little Rock road rage killing suspect mulls insanity defense

A Little Rock man accused of killing a toddler in a "road rage" shooting in 2016 will explore an insanity defense. 


2 women charged with sexual assault of inmate at Calico Rock

Two women who provided medical services on a contract basis for the Arkansas prison system have been charged with sexually assaulting an inmate.


Judge weighs reining evidence in Arkansas corruption trial

Lawyers and a federal judge met behind closed doors to discuss whether some documents should be off-limits to prosecutors as the public corruption trial of a former Arkansas state senator approaches.


WA: Missing the Point: Prosecutors Somehow Manage Yet Another PowerPoint-Related Reversal

An appellate court in Washington reversed a murder conviction this week because a prosecutor committed misconduct in closing argument through improper use of a PowerPoint presentation. If there is one jurisdiction in which prosecutors should know that they must be careful in how they deploy PowerPoint, it is Washington state. Courts there have actively policed these presentations, recognizing the powerful effect that visual advocacy can have upon a jury. A glimpse into the most recent reversal and the wider context reveal that prosecutors seem to be missing the point. Reluctant as ever to restrain themselves—despite, or perhaps because of, their ample powers—prosecutors continue to push the envelope. Good courts, like the ones in Washington, push back. In the murder prosecution of Encarnacion Salas, the State closed with a PowerPoint presentation that sought to undercut the defendant’s claim of self-defense. Relying in large part on a slide that contrasted an image and description of the defendant with one of the victim, the prosecution set up a trope based on what the appellate court described as “high school stereotypes.” The image of this slide in the opinion is small and a little blurry, but here it is: As you can see, the victim, Mr. Lopez, is portrayed squatting in front of “three people dressed in cartoon costumes.” The Washington courts have addressedView Full Post;


Common-Sense Proposition? Solicitor General Argues that, Under the Right Circumstances, Prosecutors Can Knowingly Present False Testimony

A few months ago, we published a detailed post highlighting two cases in which the Supreme Court had the opportunity to grant certiorari and “shut down judicial evasion of doctrines requiring prosecutorial accountability.” Unfortunately, the Court declined to take either opportunity, denying the petitions in Woods v. Smith and Stein v. US in October and December, respectively. While the cases themselves will now fall out of public view, both the problematic court opinions below and the doctrinal injustices they perpetrate remain intact. Keeping that in mind, it is well worth reviewing how these sorts of decisions enable prosecutors to further eviscerate due process decisions like Napue, Giglio, and Brady of their meaning. Let’s consider, for example, the Solicitor General’s Brief in Opposition in the Stein case. At issue in Stein was whether the Eleventh Circuit’s reading of Supreme Court precedent was flawed. Rather than treating a claim about the prosecution’s elicitation of and failure to correct false testimony as a stand-alone due process issue, the court of appeals collapsed the traditional Napue/Giglio framework, holding that defendants must show not only that the prosecution knowingly presented perjury, but also suppressed evidence of the falsity of the witness’s testimony from the defense team. In other words, on the Eleventh Circuit’s logic, there can be no Napue/Giglio violation without an independent Brady violation.View Full Post;


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