- Associated Press - Saturday, November 19, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas judge has been reproached for taking too long to rule on a lawsuit in her court.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/2g8tyJJ ) the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission announced on Friday that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Mary McGowan had accepted an “informal adjustment,” the commission’s mildest reproach.

McGowan, a circuit judge since 1991, acknowledged that she took 13 months to resolve the lawsuit, which involved litigation an attorney brought against the commission in 2012 challenging the legality of the way the commission operated. The commission says arguments were submitted to McGowan by the end of 2014, but she didn’t dismiss the lawsuit until January 2016.

The judge was reprimanded by the commission in November 2008 for not reporting cases that had taken longer than three months to decide.

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


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