by Max Brantley
Secret legal action continues in the case of Circuit Judge Willard Proctor, who faces a coming state judicial discipline proceeding over his operation of a probation program he created.
The Arkansas Supreme Court docket reflects that Proctor filed a petition for a writ of certiorari on Feb. 9. It was filed in the 2008 case we've reported previously. It's been under the seal from the beginning, but in it, we've been told, the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission sought to have Proctor suspended from duties while the investigation continued. The Supreme Court, in a split vote, decided to let the investigation run its course.
What's the writ about? Don't know. Could be an effort to get the Supreme Court to stop the coming public hearing. But interesting. At some point, presumably, a court decision in the matter will be opened to the public.