Here is more info I found on the Arkansas Supreme Court Justices
On May 18th Arkansans will be asked to elect two Judges to the Arkansas Supreme Court. While some would have you believe that the Supreme Court race is one based mostly on personalities and endorsements, it can be argued that if someone takes seriously their right to vote they would feel the need to dig a little deeper especially where Supreme Court Justices are concerned.
Position 3 ~Race between Circuit Court Judge John Fogleman and Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Courtney Henry.
John Fogleman http://fogleman.edelta.net/
His website says: “He’s tried and heard thousands of cases” over the past nearly three decades. In all those cases the only blemish on Fogleman’s record is the controversial West Memphis Three case- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Memphis_3. The case revolved around the horrific murder of three boys and the life altering sentencing of three other young men. The Google hits on this case are astronomical. Emotions and conspiracy theories are abundant. A law library full of assertions have been made that Judge Fogleman “botched” the case but there has been NO proof of any wrong doing or judicial negligence on his part - in any way. In his 30 year career this is the only case I could find that was deemed “negative” or controversial.
Endorsing Forgleman are 3 former Supreme Court Justices, 19 former presidents of the Ark Bar Association and a former president of the American Bar Assn.
Courtney Hudson Henry http://www.henryforjustice.com/
As you can see, compared to her opponent, Henry has little experience as a Judge, but comes with a stack of endorsements. Supporters of Henry would include a politically diverse and influential group of people as former Republican Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt to Democrats like Jimmie Lou Fisher and Senator Mary Anne Salmon and President Bill Clinton.
Position 6 : State Court of Appeals Judge Karen Baker, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox and Little Rock lawyer Evelyn Moorehead.
Mrs. Baker has tried and presided over thousands of cases so there is plenty to examine. I found that her most controversial case involved SWEPCO. The powers that be want to make her ruling in this case about everything she says it is not, which is that SWEPCO simply did not follow the law. http://bit.ly/dkalDL
Tim Fox: http://timfoxforsupremecourt.com/wp/
Fox has also tried myriad cases and in researching his record I found several cases that gave me pause.
One of the most heated and controversial cases involves a well known attorney in Little Rock Sam Perroni http://bit.ly/dcOq3a . From what I was able to understand Mr. Perroni missed a court date in Judge Fox’s court because he had a federal court case the same day. Mr. Fox held Mr. Perroni in contempt and things only went downhill from there. My challenge with this is that Judge Fox appears to have made the issue personal, spending time and money to “prosecute” something that could just as easily have been a judicial “reprimand”.
Another one that is concerning- Robinson v. Villines http://bit.ly/axYm00 where Judge Fox retroactively applied an increase in the library millage rates for the 2007 tax year. The decision was appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court and a unanimous decision was made that Judge Fox clearly erred, stipulating no statutory or constitutional authority to retroactively apply the millage-rate increase.
In this overturned cases Judge Fox certainly appears to have usurped the law to make his case. There are more cases where Judge Fox was overturned because of the supposed “un-constitutionality” of his findings.
Evelyn Moorehead http://evelynmoorehead.com/
Being that Ms. Moorehead is not a judge there is no case law to “vet” however there is a news article on her website if found quite interesting- http://bit.ly/aPnUrD
This admittedly limited information hopefully will inspire voters to carefully explore all the candidates for which they will be pulling the lever on May 18th~ GET OUT AND VOTE!