The Latest: Arkansas justice sues to block group’s ads

May 14, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on outside groups’ advertising in the race for an Arkansas Supreme Court seat (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

An Arkansas Supreme Court justice is asking a judge to prevent several television stations from airing a conservative group’s ads targeting her during her re-election bid.

Justice Courtney Goodson filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court Monday seeking an order to block the ads run by the Judicial Crisis Network. The Brennan Center for Justice, which tracks judicial spending, says the Washington-based group has spent more than $519,000 on television ads.

Goodson is running against state Appeals Court Judge Kenneth Hixson and Department of Human Services Chief Counsel David Sterling in the May 22 non-partisan election. JCN over the weekend also began airing ads criticizing Hixson.

The ads criticize Goodson for gifts from donors and a pay raise the court requested last year. Goodson’s lawsuit calls them “defamatory, false and misleading.”


2:16 p.m.

A conservative group that’s gone after an Arkansas Supreme Court justice seeking re-election is now targeting one of the challengers trying to unseat her with a television ad calling him soft on crime.

The Judicial Crisis Network began running an ad over the weekend criticizing state Appeals Court Judge Kenneth Hixson for authoring a 2016 ruling that granted a new trial for a convicted rapist. The ad doesn’t mention that four other judges joined in on the decision reversing Ramon Perez’s conviction.

Hixson and state Department of Human Services Chief Counsel David Sterling are running against Justice Courtney Goodson in the May 22 election. JCN has already been running ads criticizing Goodson. Another group, the Republican State Leadership Committee, has been running spots in support of Sterling.

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