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John A. Fogleman

Wrong John A. Fogleman?

Circuit Judge


Employment History

  • Associate Justice
    Arkansas Supreme Court
  • Chief Justice
    Arkansas Supreme Court
  • Judge
    Arkansas Supreme Court


  • University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville
  • Arkansas State University
41 Total References
Web References
My speech to the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, 16 Nov 2011 [cached]
In 2009, when Judge John Fogleman, who prosecuted the WM3, announced his candidacy for the Arkansas Supreme Court at the state capitol, ATA members attended. As the judge began speaking, the members stood silently and removed their outer shirts to reveal t-shirts that read: "Abuse of Power" or "West Memphis Three. I followed the following April with an article in the Arkansas Times that detailed the abuses of power I believe characterized Fogleman's prosecution of the case. (The paper, incidentally, supported Fogleman, as did much of the state's legal establishment.) I think Fogleman's loss in that election last year was a political wake-up call heard around Arkansas.
Firm Members | Odom Law Firm, P.A., 22 Sept 2009 [cached]
Law Clerk for Associate Justice John A. Fogleman, Arkansas Supreme Court, 1970. Special Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court, 1990.
It may have contributed to the ..., 28 May 2011 [cached]
It may have contributed to the defeat of Circuit Judge John Fogleman, in his bid for a seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court. It may have reversed, by 180 degrees, the climate surrounding the case in Arkansas, from certainty of the men's guilt in 1994 to widespread doubt about it today. By changing the political atmosphere outside the courthouse, it may-may-affect the deliberations of elected judges inside. It may be subtly reshaping the debate about Arkansas's death penalty.
Bobby Lee Odom | Odom Law Firm | Northwest Arkansas, 23 Jan 2010 [cached]
Associate Justice John A. Fogleman, Arkansas Supreme Court, Law Clerk, 1970
"Though the state elicited no elaboration ..., 18 Nov 2006 [cached]
"Though the state elicited no elaboration from any of its witnesses regarding the import of these items," the court wrote, prosecutors "explicitly sought in both opening and closing to link these items with the so-called 'gothic lifestyle' and to characterize them as evidence of 'Satanic influences.'" Prosecutors Brent Davis and John Fogleman were not so careless at the Echols/Baldwin trial, 12 years earlier in Arkansas.
Fogleman told the jury that wearing black, listening to heavy metal music, and reading books by the likes of Stephen King, Ann Rice and Dean Koontz (which were also mentioned at trial), did not necessarily make Echols a killer.
Like Davis and Fogleman, he empathized that in a circumstantial case, the items "must be taken as pieces of a puzzle.
John Fogleman, an uncle of the man by the same name who prosecuted the West Memphis Three, was the county's assistant prosecuting attorney at the time. That John Fogleman is dead now, but his brother, Julian Fogleman, who was Marion's city attorney when Banks was murdered, was still alive in 2010, when he was interviewed by a reporter for CNN. Julian Fogleman is the father of John Fogleman, who prosecuted the West Memphis Three and who is now a circuit judge.
Julian Fogleman's now-deceased brother John was elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court, where he eventually served as chief justice.
Last year, his nephew, Judge John Fogleman of the West Memphis case, ran for a seat on the state's high court. When asked during his campaign about the scarcity of evidence at the teenagers' trials, Fogleman told a reporter for the Arkansas Times, "I completely stand by every step I took in that case. He lost the election.
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