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Arkansas Supreme Court to Conduct Session in Jonesboro Next Month

MARCH 28, 2005 - Posted at 11:16 a.m. CST


JONESBORO, AR - For the first time in its history, the Arkansas Supreme Court will conduct oral arguments in Jonesboro next month.  The session is set for April 7 in the Grand Hall of the Fowler Center on the Arkansas State University campus.

The case to be argued is "Buddy Wallis vs. Ford Motor Company."  According to Jonesboro attorney Price Marshall, Wallis will be represented by Tab Turner, a Little Rock attorney "who has made a reputation for going after Ford, primarily in SUV roll-over cases," said Marshall.

The event will mark only the third occasion in modern times that the Supreme Court has held court outside of Little Rock.  "I believe they moved outside the Capitol City a few times when the Yankees were coming," laughed Marshall, in an obvious reference to the Civil War.  More recently, the high court held an outside-of-Little Rock session in Fayetteville in 2002, and last year in Fort Smith.  Amendment 80 to the state constitution, adopted in 2000, provides that the high court may meet at such times and places as designated by the court.

Following oral arguments, the seven Justices will visit with students at various schools in the Jonesboro area.

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