Two Supreme Court Candidates Declare Stands on Issues

APRIL 24, 2006 - Posted at 3:44 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Two candidates in next month's Arkansas Supreme Court elections are breaking with long-standing practice by taking stands on controversial issues.

Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Wendell Griffin and Maumelle District Judge Roger Harrod say voters deserve to know about judges' opinions on important subjects.

For example, Harrod says he disagrees with the court's decision in June to reopen the landmark Lake View school funding case.  He says the court was out of line and without authority.

Harrod's opponent in the race, justice Donald Corbin, supported reopening the case.  Corbin says he's worried that judicial candidates who campaign against the unpopular decisions made by their opponents threaten the independence of the court.

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