Supreme Court accepts APA amici brief
The Arkansas Supreme Court last week granted the motion of the Arkansas Press Association (APA) and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) to appear as amici curiae (friends of the court) in McCutchen v. Fort Smith. Stephens Media asked for permission to join in the brief filed by APA and RCFP, and its motion was granted as well. Also filing a separate amicus brief was the Attorney General of Arkansas. All four “friends of the court” argue that the Supreme Court should reverse the ruling of Sebastian County Circuit Judge James Cox and preserve the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) against a lower judicial opinion stating that portions of the law are unconstitutional. Now the Supreme Court has said that it will consider their contentions and accepted both briefs without comment.
John Tull and E.B. “Chip” Chiles IV of the law firm of Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow assisted APA in the preparation and filing of the brief and related motions.
The grant follows on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision in Thomas v. Hall, in which it held that use-of-force reports prepared by the Little Rock Police Department are not exempt from the FOIA and must be provided upon request. APA also filed an amicus brief in that important case.