Appeals judges recuse from case over ads against justice

by 24USATVNov. 8, 2018, 9:45 p.m. 17
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by Associated Press
The nine judges recused themselves from hearing a TV's appeal of the decision to halt the ads by the Judicial Crisis Network targeting Justice Courtney Goodson. (Photo courtesy Courtney for Arkansas)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Nine of the 12 judges on the Arkansas Court of Appeals are removing themselves from hearing the challenge to a decision that temporarily blocked a group's TV ad attacking a Supreme Court justice.
The nine judges on Wednesday recused themselves from hearing a television station's appeal of the decision to halt the ads by the Judicial Crisis Network targeting Justice Courtney Goodson. A Pulaski County judge prohibited several stations from airing the ad through the May 22 judicial election.
Goodson was re-elected to the high court on Tuesday. She had sued over the JCN ad, which she claimed was defamatory.
A federal judge last week rejected a request by Goodson to block similar ads and mailers by another group, the Republican State Leadership Committee.

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