Chief Justice Steps Down from Arkansas' High Court

December 1, 2003 - Posted at 3:45 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The chief judge of Arkansas' highest court says he's stepping down from the appellate bench.  State Supreme Court Justice W.H. "Dub" Arnold says he won't be stepping far away from the court room when his resignation becomes effective January 1.

Arnold announced his resignation today after serving seven years as state supreme court justice.  He says he still loves the court room and looks forward to returning as a lawyer or an appointed judge.

Governor Mike Huckabee said today that Arnold served with integrity and honor and that Arkansans will miss his evenhanded and thoughtful leadership.  The governor promised to quickly find a replacement.

The 68-year-old judge was circuit-chancery judge for the Ninth District prior to winning election.  Before that, he was Clark County municipal judge.  He has also taught, served as a prosecutor and served as chairman of the state Worker's Compensation Commission from 1973 through 1977.

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