|Arkansas Supreme Court|
|Preceded by:||Donald Corbin|
|Past position:||Judge, Arkansas Court of Appeals|
|Undergraduate:||Harvard College, 1975|
|Law School:||University of Arkansas School of Law, 1978|
|Grad. School:||Southern Methodist University, 1980|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2014:|
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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2015-2022: Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court
- 2011-2014: Judge, Arkansas Court of Appeals, District 5
- 2004-2010: Judge, Dallas County District Court
- 1989-2004: City attorney, Fordyce, Ark.
- 1989-1998: Deputy prosecuting attorney, 13th Judicial District
- 1985-1988: Representative, Arkansas House of Representatives
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." Cullen denied the statement, explaining that the ad "attributes something to me that I never argued." 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." The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came down on that statement in their opinion rejecting the appeal, calling it "specious at best."
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."
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.
Some have pointed to this incident as a sign of increased politicization in the state's nonpartisan judicial elections.
- Arkansas Judiciary website
- Arkansas Court of Appeals website
- Arkansas Times, "Judge Robin Wynne announces for Supreme Court," May 29, 2013
- Arkansas Online, "2014 Elections Filings, Non-partisan judicial races," accessed March 26, 2014
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Nonpartisan Election Results," May 20, 2014
- Arkansas Judiciary, "Robin F. Wynne," accessed June 13, 2014
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Candidate Information," 2012
- Times Record, "Election 2014: Judicial Candidate Says Outside Group’s Involvement In Race Disturbing," May 12, 2014
- Facebook, "Elect Judge Robin Wynne for AR Supreme Court," May 10, 2014
- Gavel Grab, "Critical Ads in Judicial Elections Draw Attention, Questions," May 12, 2014
|Former||Lavenski Smith • Donald Corbin • Tom Glaze • Jim Gunter • Annabelle Imber Tuck • William H. Bowen • Ron Sheffield • Cliff Hoofman • Richard Adkisson • Steele Hays • Elana Wills •|