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Ap­peals judges re­cuse from case over ads

The Sentinel-Record - - HOT SPRINGS/FYI -

LIT­TLE ROCK — Nine of the 12 judges on the Arkansas Court of Ap­peals are re­mov­ing them­selves from hear­ing the chal­lenge to a de­ci­sion that tem­po­rar­ily blocked a group’s TV ad at­tack­ing a Supreme Court jus­tice.

The nine judges on Wed­nes­day re­cused them­selves from hear­ing a tele­vi­sion sta­tion’s ap­peal of the de­ci­sion to halt the ads by the Ju­di­cial Cri­sis Net­work tar­get­ing Jus­tice Court­ney

Good­son. A Pu­laski County judge pro­hib­ited sev­eral sta­tions from air­ing the ad through the May 22 ju­di­cial elec­tion.

Good­son was re-elected to the high court on Tues­day. She had sued over the JCN ad, which she claimed was defam­a­tory.

A fed­eral judge last week re­jected a re­quest by Good­son to block sim­i­lar ads and mail­ers by an­other group, the Repub­li­can State Lead­er­ship Com­mit­tee.

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