Arkansas: bill to create “rebuttable presumption” of judicial recusal for campaign contributions pulled by author

An Arkansas bill, apparently modeled on a new Alabama law, to create a rebuttable presumption in favor of recusal due to campaign contributions has been pulled by the author. HB 1457, discussed here, would have created a “rebuttable presumption” for judicial recusal where the total campaign contributions made by a party or attorney met a particular threshold (10% for appellate races, 15% for Circuit Court, 25% for District Court). According to the Arkansas General Assembly’s website the bill was withdrawn by the author for some unspecified reasons on March 12.

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