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Arkansas Gov. Sanders touts judicial nominee, chance to flip state Supreme Court conservative

Sanders' nomination of Hiland follows the death of Democratic Justice Robin Wynne, who died in June.

Published: July 3, 2023 3:31pm

Arkansas Republican Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday announced her nomination of former U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland to serve as a state Supreme Court justice, asserting that his appointment would hand the state's top bench a conservative majority.

Hiland, the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, secured Senate confirmation to the post in 2017 after former President Donald Trump nominated him. He resigned in late 2020 and went on to work for the Sanders campaign, according to The Hill. 

"I am pleased to announce that I have selected another former prosecutor and a U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland for this role," Sanders said. "Cody brings a lifetime of legal experience to the job from his early days as a staff attorney in state government and an aide to my dad, who was also here today. He made service to Arkansas the centerpiece of his career."

"Cody comes from the same mold as some of the finest jurors we have in the country today. The same legal minds who are finally bringing back strict originalism to our courts," she added. "This is the first time Arkansas Supreme Court will have a conservative majority. And I know it will have the same effect on our state as it has had on our country."

Sanders's nomination of Hiland follows the death of Democratic Justice Robin Wynne, who died in June. Wynne, 70, was first elected to the court in 2014.

Hiland's appointment will also hand the Republicans control of all three of the state's government branches. 

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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