Lawsuit accuses Arkansas judge of imposing excessive fines

By ANDREW DeMILLO The Associated Press
This article was published August 10, 2018 at 4:00 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- An Arkansas judge is violating the constitutional rights of thousands of poor people who appear in his court by imposing excessive fines and jail time when they can't pay, creating a spiral of debt for many who are already struggling financially, a civil rights group said in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

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