Wednesday’s are always exciting because new law comes out of the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Usually around 9:30 am, I begin refreshing my browser, waiting for the new cases. At least three out of every four weeks, a case of mine has something happening, and so opening a case name that you’ve worked on for months can be exhilarating. This morning, I came back from Hot Springs DC believing that I had missed that rush, only to discover that opinions weren’t coming out today. Critique of the court for another date: why don’t we have advanced notice?
On another note…I was welcomed back to the office by a motion for continuance in the appeal of Van Kirk v. State. It is the third continuance by the State, and normally I would have a problem with this; however, this issue of the confrontation clause at sentencing deserves a great deal of time and thought. As a citizen of this state, I am glad the Attorney General’s office is carefully reviewing this issue and will hopefully write a thoughtful brief.