- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has agreed to delay evidence gathering efforts in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Sherwood’s hot-check court.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2fDrKdt ) reports the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law filed the lawsuit in August. The lawsuit alleges Sherwood and Pulaski County violate the constitutional rights of thousands of residents and are effectively operating a debtor’s prison by imposing hefty fines and jail time on thousands of people whose checks bounce.

The city, county, Sherwood District Judge Milas Hale III and Pulaski County prosecuting attorney Larry Jegley are named as defendants in the lawsuit. All defendants have asked the lawsuit to be dismissed, saying officials are entitled to immunity for performing official functions.

The judge granted the request the delay until motions to dismiss the lawsuit are considered.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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