Normally, I would say the Court of Appeals won’t rule for defendants but today I say can’t. None of the cases presented any issues with merit. So again, the State wins another six cases and the defense has yet to get on the board in 2012. That would mean that in the month of January there were no defense wins.
There were additionally two cases ordered for rebriefing. It is almost becoming an epidemic with attorneys appointed on appeals to have their briefs rejected for addendum or abstract failures. Arkansas should move to a system of merit to be on the appointment list to prevent having attorneys slowly learn how to handle appeals from their one appointment a year. For the person with his life on the line it probably does not feel too reassuring.