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STATE CAPITOL BRIEFS: Legislator jury-duty deferral advances | Bill allowing guns in parks moves up | Anti-doxxing bill heading to Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday advanced legislation that would allow lawmakers to defer jury duty service when they are called into session.


3 suspects charged in 2 Feb. 14 killings

Two separate shootings Feb. 14 have led to three people being charged with murder, according to Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Shue.


Girl taken to Florida; man facing charges

A 31-year-old Florida man was arrested on accusations of driving a 14-year-old Beebe girl to his home state, police said Monday.


LR man's murder case bail cut

A Little Rock man known to police as a Crips gang member saw his $1 million bail cut to $150,000 on Tuesday after his lawyer said the 32-year-old defendant was protecting himself when he fatally shot a man in a city nightclub last year.


Fayetteville man pleads innocent to capital murder charge

A Fayetteville man pleaded innocent Monday to a capital murder charge in the death of a woman whose body was dumped along Interstate 49 the day after Christmas.


POLICE BEAT: Mabelvale man held in two theft cases | Police in LR arrest ’20 robbery suspect | Wrong-way driver faces gun charge

Little Rock Police arrested William Mobbs, 22, of Mabel-vale on Wednesday in two theft cases in the past week, according to an arrest report.


State police investigating Madison County triple homicide

A 22-year-old DeQueen man killed his mother, stepfather, and sister inside an Elkins home after an argument escalated between him and his mother on Tuesday, according to a report from the Madison County prosecuting attorney.


Little Rock board backs hate-crimes bill

Members of the Little Rock Board of Directors approved a symbolic resolution Tuesday expressing support for efforts in the Legislature to pass a bill adding enhanced penalties for hate crimes.


Police ID slaying victim, 20; man's body found at Little Rock Walmart

Little Rock police on Wednesday released the name of a man who was reportedly found slain inside a vehicle at a Walmart Supercenter.


Prosecutors ask judge to decide if mayor's brother a danger

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr.'s brother is poised to be cleared of criminal wrongdoing on mental-health grounds for stealing a truck holding two children, among other things, but what happens to Darrell Lamont Scott after that is up to a judge.


Little Rock police: Body found outside Walmart store

Little Rock police are investigating after a body was found in a parked car at the Walmart on South Shackleford Road Tuesday afternoon.


Police: Florida man traveled to Beebe to pick up girl, 14

A 31-year-old Florida man was arrested after reportedly driving a 14-year-old Beebe girl to his home state, police said Monday.


Three charged with murder in Sebastian County court

FORT SMITH -- Two separate shootings Feb. 14 led to three people being charged Monday with murder in Sebastian County Circuit Court, according to Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Shue.


Hate-crimes resolution on agenda of Little Rock board

Members of the Little Rock Board of Directors are scheduled tonight to take up a symbolic resolution expressing support for state legislation on hate crimes after the mayor and a city director endorsed swift action intended to back a proposal by state lawmakers.


POLICE BEAT: Man faces charges in Bryant truck theft

A Pulaski County sheriff's deputy arrested a man Monday afternoon in west Little Rock in the theft of a truck earlier that morning, according to an arrest report.


Update on a TX Batson Case: Even A “Smoking Gun” Spreadsheet of Black Jurors Can’t Make The Fifth Circuit Hold Prosecutors Accountable for Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection

A disappointing update to a troubling Batson case we’ve previously covered, Broadnax v. Davis. In a recent opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit did exactly what we feared it might, ruling that the shocking and rare evidence of racial discrimination was procedurally barred from consideration. Let’s be clear: we’re talking about the prosecution of a 20-year old Black defendant who was convicted and sentenced to death by a jury that would have been all-white, had the trial judge not intervened and forced the state to take one juror of color that it tried to strike. This is a case where the prosecution’s own documents prove they were tracking the race of potential jurors and where the state used its peremptory strikes in its quest to eliminate all potential jurors of color. It just doesn’t get much more absurd or representative of the broken system than that. As they have done many times before in capital cases with crucially-important evidence of racial discrimination, the Fifth Circuit denied Broadnax’s appeal, thus ending this legal path to get the evidence considered on its merits.  Broadnax is a Dallas case, so the Fifth Circuit’s decision to block consideration of an alleged Batson violation is particularly outrageous because the Dallas District Attorney’s Office has already been rebuked by the courts for its atrocious practices regarding racial discrimination during jury selection. The U.S. Supreme Court putView Full Post;


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