Professor Sullivan represents inmate before the Arkansas Supreme Court

Tom Sullivan represented ADC inmate Vernell Conley before the Arkansas Supreme Court in Conley v. Wendy Kelley, Director, Arkansas Department of Correction, challenging the lawfulness of Conley’s 60-year sentence as a habitual offender for sale of $100 worth of crack cocaine to undercover officers in Conley v. Kelley, 2019 Ark. 23, 566 S.W.3d 113. The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled against Conley, 6-1, with Justice Hart dissenting, including her statement that Conley’s 60-year sentence for this offense violates the “cruel and unusual punishment” prohibition of the Eighth Amendment.  Sullivan has petitioned the United States Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari seeking review of the ASCt decision.

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