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Federal judge won't halt attack ads against Arkansas justice

A U.S. district judge denied Justice Courtney Goodson's request for an injunction halting the attacks from the Republican State Leadership Committee's Judicial Fairness Initiative. (Photo courtesy Courtney for Arkansas)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A federal judge has rejected an Arkansas Supreme Court justice's effort to halt attack ads and mailers from a Washington-based conservative group that is trying to unseat her in next week's election.

U.S. District Judge Brian Miller on Thursday denied Justice Courtney Goodson's request for an injunction halting the attacks from the Republican State Leadership Committee's Judicial Fairness Initiative. Goodson is running against David Sterling, an attorney for the state Department of Human Services, in Tuesday's election.

The RSLC has spent more than $1.2 million attacking Goodson and supporting Sterling. Goodson contends that the group's attacks against her are false and defamatory.

A state judge in May temporarily blocked another group's TV ad against Goodson through that month's judicial election.

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