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Arkansas TV stations challenge order blocking group's ad

Arkansas TV stations are challenging an order blocking a political group's ads (Photo: MGN)

The owner of two Arkansas TV stations is challenging a judge's order blocking them from airing a conservative group's ad attacking a state Supreme Court justice seeking re-election.

Tribune Broadcasting Fort Smith LLC on Thursday asked that Washington County Circuit Judge Doug Martin's order temporarily preventing some stations from airing the ad be dissolved. Martin issued the order in response to a lawsuit from Justice Courtney Goodson, who's being criticized by the Judicial Crisis Network's ad.

Tribune owns KFSM and KXNW.

The filing comes a day after Martin recused himself from the case following questions about a potential conflict of interest. Martin, however, said the temporary restraining order against the ad would remain in place.

Goodson has filed two other lawsuits trying to block the ad from airing.

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