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Supreme Court still silent on marriage case


The Arkansas Supreme Court weekly opinions again contains no guidance on what's to come in the appeal of the ruling striking down Arkansas's same-sex marriage ban.

The appeal of Judge Chris Piazza's decision was heard Nov. 19. Two seats on the court have changed personnel since.

The court did receive Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's request for a second round of oral arguments in the case on account of judge changes. Rutledge argues for a change in custom that would put new Justice Rhonda Wood on the court to decide the case in the place of a special justice, Robert McCorkindale, appointed for this case by Gov. Mike Beebe.

Plaintiffs in the case have asked for denial of Rutledge's motion. They believe the seven justices who heard the case should decide it.

If the court agrees to oral arguments, they could be scheduled at any time.


* MAUMELLE DECISION AFFIRMED: The Court upheld a lower court decision against Central Arkansas Water ratepayers who protested the spending of CAW money to enforce land use regulations in the Maumelle watershed. Judge Tim Fox had ruled it was a legal interlocal agreement for CAW to provide money to Pulaski County.

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