Attorney General McDaniel to Return to Arkansas

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March 07, 2007

Today Concludes Three Days of Meetings in DC


LITTLE ROCK- Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will return today from Washington D.C. after three days of meetings with 47 other Attorneys General from around the country at the spring meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). While there he met with U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.


Gonzales spoke on a number of issues from homeland security to public corruption. He also answered questions on the recent replacement of several U.S. Attorneys, including former U.S. Attorney H.E. "Bud" Cummins of the Eastern District of Arkansas. Coincidentally, at the same time Gonzales was speaking, Cummins and other ousted U.S. Attorneys were testifying on Capitol Hill.


The series of meetings since Monday covered issues that Attorneys General across the nation are dealing with in their home states. They exchanged ideas on what their states were doing in regards to fighting methamphetamine, internet safety, underage drinking, REAL ID, counterfeiting and piracy.


"I am tremendously excited about the discussions that I have been a part of," McDaniel said. "It is important for Arkansas to see what other states are doing to make their citizens safer so that we may take similar steps here at home."


This was the second meeting of Attorneys General McDaniel has attended where counterfeiting and piracy was discussed.


"I intend to make counterfeiting and piracy protection a key issue over the next four years," McDaniel said. "I was amazed with the number of imitation products on the market. We saw counterfeit extension cords that caused house fires within five minutes of being plugged in, cell phone batteries that would explode, and brake pads made of cat litter, all manufactured to look exactly like the real thing.. We must take the necessary steps to ensure that consumers are not tricked into buying merchandise such as this," he concluded.


The Attorneys General also met with U.S. Senator John Kerry who spoke with them about state and federal cooperation in prosecuting crime, as well as the state of the federal criminal justice system.


Today, the conference concludes on the 150th anniversary of the landmark Dred Scott decision by the Supreme Court. Dred Scott is seen as one of the decisions that set our nation's course toward the Civil War and undermined the legitimacy of the Supreme Court for over a century.