Little Italy hopes 4th judge is charm

Apr 20, 2017 393

Having languished in circuit court limbo for more than a year, the appeal case of Little Italy’s incorporation is still waiting for its day in court. Last spring, Little Italy residents appealed a decision by Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde denying their petition to incorporate the roughly 380-person community into a city.

In March 2016, petitioners’ attorneys filed an appeal in Little Rock asking a circuit judge to reverse Hyde’s decision. Since then, the case has been passed from judge to judge in the 17-division circuit court covering Pulaski and Perry counties in a series of recusals that have frustrated the plaintiffs.

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