Chris Piazza

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Chris Piazza
Division 2 judge of the Arkansas Sixth Circuit
Incumbent
Assumed office
1990
Prosecuting attorney of the Arkansas Sixth Circuit[1]
In office
1985 – 1990[1]
Preceded by W. C. Bentley
Succeeded by Mark Stodola
Personal details
Political party Democratic (Non Partisan)[2]

Christopher C. Piazza is a Division 2 judge of the Arkansas Sixth Circuit.[2]

Notable rulings[edit]

Wright v. Arkansas[edit]

On May 9, 2014, Piazza ruled the ban on same-sex marriage in the state of Arkansas was unconstitutional, which legalized same-sex marriage in the state.[3]

Arkansas Department of Human Services v. Cole[edit]

On April 16, 2010, Piazza overturned Arkansas Act 1, which makes it illegal for any individuals cohabiting outside of a valid marriage to adopt or provide foster care to minors.[4] The ruling was upheld unanimously by the Arkansas Supreme Court on April 7, 2011.[5]

Electoral history[edit]

1984[edit]

Democratic primary election of Arkansas prosecuting attorney of the Arkansas Sixth Circuit, June 1984[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chris Piazza 36,782 52.79%
Democratic Mark Stodola 32,891 47.21%
Totals 69,673 100%

1990[edit]

Democratic primary election of Arkansas Circuit Judge, District 6, Division 2, May 29, 1990[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chris Piazza 43,331 74.74%
Democratic John Choate 14,643 25.26%
Totals 57,974 100%
General election of Arkansas Circuit Judge, District 6, Division 2, November 6, 1990[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chris Piazza 43,206 50.11%
Republican Hayward Battle 22,786 26.43%
No party preference Henry Osterloh 20,226 23.46%
Totals 43,338 100%

2014[edit]

Chris Piazza is running for re-election to the Sixth Circuit. He is running unopposed in the general election for the Sixth Circuit on May 20, 2014.[2]

Appointments[edit]

Piazza was appointed by Bill Clinton, during his time as Arkansas governor, to chair a panel that was drafting state ethics legislation. Due to this appointment, Piazza recused himself from a later case to disbar Clinton.[7]

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