The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s execution law unconstitutional. We are still working through the details and trying to figure out exactly how this ruling will play out in reality, but you can read about it here.
Rep. Linda Tyler (D-Conway) has been named by The Arkansas Times—an extremely liberal newspaper—as one of their “Arkies of the Year”. Why? Because, according to the Times, “As chair of the Public Health Committee, the Conway Democrat quietly shepherded the defeat of 10 radical anti-abortion bills during the general session.” Of course, the bills in question weren’t “radical”—there’s nothing radical about saving unborn babies and protecting women.
Another “Arkie of the Year,” according to the Times, was the Arkansas Supreme Court for striking down the Adoption and Foster Care Act, more commonly known as Act One. This good law that 56% of the voters approved at the ballot box in 2008 protected adoptive and foster children in the state’s care from being placed in high-risk homes. More specifically, in homes where two people are living together in a sexual nature outside of marriage. This environment has been proven to be one of the most unstable places for children.
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Supreme Court Justice Robert L. Brown announced Wednesday the he will retire on January 1, 2013. On September 8 the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette quoted Brown as saying that for now people from all different legal philosophies are “OK with the court as it now exists.” I know lots of people who would disagree.