March 24, 2001 |
A judge in Little Rock threw out Arkansas' anti-sodomy law, saying it unfairly singles out homosexuals for prosecution. No one has been prosecuted under the 1977 law, but seven homosexuals brought a lawsuit challenging the law, saying they feared being charged and convicted and losing their jobs or professional licenses.
February 20, 2001 |
Daisy Bates, the civil rights pioneer behind the nine black students who broke the color barrier in Little Rock schools in 1957, will be honored with a state holiday. Gov. Mike Huckabee signed legislation to honor Bates on the third Monday in February. Beginning next year, residents will honor her while at the same time observing Presidents Day. Bates, who died two years ago at age 84, became a national symbol of black hope and a target of segregationist hate during the 1950s.
January 20, 2001 |
In a dramatic punctuation to his tumultuous presidency, President Clinton struck a deal Friday ensuring that he will not be criminally prosecuted for making false statements about his affair with Monica S. Lewinsky. Clinton, in a surprise deal reached with independent counsel Robert W.
September 25, 1999 |
A federal appeals court in St. Paul, Minn., declared as unconstitutional laws barring late-term abortions in Nebraska, Iowa and Arkansas. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by a federal judge in Lincoln, Neb., that said Nebraska's law had the potential for barring all abortions. The ruling encompassed similar anti-abortion statutes in Iowa and Arkansas.
November 14, 1998 |
A federal judge in Little Rock struck down an Arkansas law that banned late-term abortions. Magistrate Jerry Cavaneau said the 1997 law was so vague and broadly written that it effectively banned all abortions. Cavaneau said the ban "imposes an undue burden on women seeking abortion." A Little Rock abortion clinic and four doctors who perform abortions had sued to stop the law from taking effect.
September 9, 1994 |
State-imposed congressional term limits threaten the election system, the Clinton Administration said in its first official word on the volatile campaign issue. Supporters of limits said the opposition "will come back to haunt the President." The Administration's position is stated in an Aug. 31 request filed by Solicitor General Drew S. Days III seeking permission to participate in Supreme Court oral arguments over the validity of an Arkansas term-limits measure.