The rising rift between the Arkansas Board of Corrections and Gov. Sarah Sanders widened yesterday, because the board suspended Corrections Secretary Joe Profiri and filed a lawsuit against the governor and Profiri. The board argues that two new state legal guidelines infringe on the board’s constitutional authority, together with Act 185, which says the corrections secretary serves on the pleasure of the governor quite than on the pleasure of the board.
The lawsuit asks for a brief restraining order that will forestall Sanders and different defendants from implementing the 2 legal guidelines. On Friday, Circuit Choose Patti James scheduled a listening to for 9:30 a.m., Dec. 28, on the request for a restraining order.
James might rule on the restraining order instantly following the listening to, or she could wait till a later date in order that she has time to draft an order.
At problem within the listening to will probably be whether or not the board can present an irreparable damage if the challenged statutes are enforced whereas the lawsuit winds its method via the court docket system and whether or not the board can present a “chance of success on the deserves” within the underlying case.
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