Robin Wynne

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Robin Wynne
Court Information:
Arkansas Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $148,000
Active:   2015-2022
Preceded by:   Donald Corbin
Past position:   Judge, Arkansas Court of Appeals
Past term:   2011-2014
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Harvard College, 1975
Law School:   University of Arkansas School of Law, 1978
Grad. School:   Southern Methodist University, 1980
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
Position:  Position 2
State:  Arkansas
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  No
Election date:  5/20/2014
Election vote:  52.0%ApprovedA

Robin F. Wynne is a justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. He was elected in May 2014, effective January 1, 2015, for a term that expires in 2022.[1][2] Prior to his election to the Arkansas Supreme Court, Wynne was a judge of the Arkansas Court of Appeals, District 5. He was elected to that position in 2010, effective January 1, 2011.[3]



For in-depth coverage of the state's high court races, see: Arkansas Supreme Court elections, 2014
See also: Arkansas judicial elections, 2014
Wynne ran for election to the Arkansas Supreme Court.
General: He defeated Tim Cullen in the general election on May 20, 2014, receiving 52.0 percent of the vote.[1][2]


Wynne was re-elected to District 5 of the court of appeals after running unopposed in the primary election on May 22, 2012.[4]

See also: Arkansas judicial elections, 2012


Wynne received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1975 and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1978. Wynne then attended the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University from 1979 to 1980.[3]


In the news

Candidates attempt to distance themselves from outside group's attack ad (2014)

In May 2014, a group called The Law Enforcement Alliance of America started airing attack ads against Wynne's opponent for the Arkansas Supreme Court, Tim Cullen. The ads said, "Tim Cullen believes that childhood pornography is a victimless crime."[5] Cullen denied the statement, explaining that the ad "attributes something to me that I never argued."[5] The case in question involved a man named Leonard D'Andrea, who was arrested for attempting to have sex with an underage girl. In reality, the "girl" D'Andrea thought he had been communicating with online turned out to be law officers. Cullen represented D'Andrea on appeal and wrote in a brief: "defendant argues that his crimes were victimless."[5] The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came down on that statement in their opinion rejecting the appeal, calling it "specious at best."[5]

Cullen explained that he was referring to the fact that D'Andrea was actually communicating with law enforcement. The Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers came to Cullen's defense regarding the ad. The association's president, Justin Eisele, stated, "To challenge the qualifications of a judicial candidate for fulfilling a constitutional mandate of a person’s right to counsel is to belittle one of the core beliefs of this country."[5]

Judge Wynne also attempted to distance himself from the advertisement. On May 10, campaign consultant Linda Napper was quoted on Wynne campaign's Facebook page, explaining that they had no knowledge or involvement with the ad and plan to continue to run a positive campaign.[6]

Some have pointed to this incident as a sign of increased politicization in the state's nonpartisan judicial elections.[7]

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