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Recognize Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

Rutledge Comments on Judge Griffen’s Ruling to Recognize the Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

Tue, Jun 9, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement in response to the ruling from Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen that the State must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in Arkansas during May 2014.

“These marriages do not fall within the State’s definition of marriage as between one man and one woman,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I am evaluating the ruling and will determine the best path forward to protect the State’s interest.”

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Summer Session I Law Clerks

Rutledge Welcomes Summer Session I Law Clerks to the Attorney General’s Office

Mon, Jun 8, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has welcomed a new class of law clerks to the Attorney General’s Office. These law students will assist various departments with legal research and draft memos and legal documents.

“We are proud to have this group of future lawyers working in our office,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “They are a great asset to our organization, and I know they are getting essential experience from some of the top attorneys in the State.”

Blake Brizzolara, a second year law student at the University of Arkansas School of Law, is clerking in the Civil Department. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2014 with a double major in political science and economics. Brizzolara is a native of Little Rock and graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 2010.

Christina Cole, a third year law student at the University of Arkansas School of Law, is clerking in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. She graduated from Hendrix College in 2013 with a degree in international relations. Cole is from Little Rock and graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 2009.

Whitley Hall, a third year law student and a second year Master in Public Administration student at the University of Arkansas, is clerking in the Criminal Department. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2012 with a degree in English. Hall is from Talladega, Ala., where she graduated from Winterboro High School in 2008.

Rachel Hildebrand, a second year law student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, is clerking in the Public Protection Department. She graduated from Tulane University in 2014 with a double major in English and latin. Hildebrand is from Little Rock and graduated from Episcopal Collegiate School in 2010.

Thomas Langevin, a third year law student at the University of Arkansas School of Law, clerking in the Public Protection Department. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 2013 with a major in economics. Langevin graduated from Salem High School in 2009.

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Saline County Man Arrested

Saline County Man Arrested for Child Pornography

Fri, Jun 5, 2015

BENTON – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Benton man has been arrested for distributing, viewing and possessing sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony, after an investigation by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit.

On Wednesday, June 3, agents arrested Lance Smith, 26, of Benton at his residence and seized one laptop, a hard drive and a flash drive. The seized electronic evidence is undergoing further forensic examination at the Attorney General’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit forensic lab in Little Rock.

The Cyber Crimes Unit began investigating Smith after agents suspected that child pornography was being viewed at his residence.

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Hot Springs Man Arrested

Hot Springs Man Arrested for Child Pornography

Tue, Jun 2, 2015

HOT SPRINGS – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Hot Springs man has been arrested for distributing, viewing and possessing sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. As part of the investigation, special agents with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit located a runaway juvenile who had been missing for approximately two weeks.

On May 28, agents arrested Herman Duncan, 43, of Hot Springs at his residence and seized two hard drives, two laptop computers, two phones, storage media and 3.3 grams of methamphetamine. The seized electronic evidence is undergoing further forensic examination at the Cyber Crimes Unit forensic lab of the Attorney General's Office in Little Rock.

The Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit began investigating Duncan after agents suspected that child pornography was located at Duncan’s address.

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Early June Mobile Office Locations

Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for Early June

Thu, May 28, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for the first half of June.

Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents who are having consumer issues and help them file consumer complaints against scam artists. Staff will also be available to answer questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents.

Attorney General Rutledge created the initiative so that the office would be accessible to everyone, not just those who call the capital city home. The Attorney General believes there is no issue too small for her staff to have a face-to-face conversation.

For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s Office, visit ArkansasAG.gov or call (501) 682-2007. Rutledge can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge and on Twitter at twitter.com/AGRutledge.

Attorney General Mobile Office schedule can be found below:

Morrilton

Tuesday, June 2

9 – 11 a.m.

Morrilton City Hall, Conference Room

210 N. Moose St.

Morrilton, AR 72110

Perryville

Tuesday, June 2

1 – 3 p.m.

Perryville City Hall, Council Room

613 N. Fourche Ave.

Perryville, AR 72126

Mountain Home

Thursday, June 4

9 – 11 a.m.

Van Matre Senior Center

1101 Spring St.

Mountain Home, AR 72653

Salem

Thursday, June 4

1 – 3 p.m.

Salem City Hall, Conference Room

120 N. Main St.

Salem, AR 72576

Malvern

Friday, June 12

9 – 11 a.m.

Malvern Senior Center

1800 W. Moline St.

Malvern, AR 72104

Benton

Friday, June 12

1 – 3 p.m.

Saline County Courthouse

200 N. Main St.

Benton, AR 72015

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EPA Moves Forward with WOTUS Rule

Rutledge Disappointed EPA Moves Forward with WOTUS Rule

Wed, May 27, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement following the decision by the Obama administration to move forward with the “Waters of the United States (WOTUS)” rule.

“I am disappointed in the administration’s decision to move forward with a final rule, which goes beyond the scope of the Clean Water Act passed by Congress and fails to address the concerns raised by the public,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The final rule will allow the Environmental Protection Agency to unfairly target farmers and ranchers. Under this rule, any member of the Arkansas agriculture community who has water running through his or her private property, regardless of size, could be in violation of this law by performing everyday tasks like plowing and the application of pesticides and fertilizer. My office continues to review the final rule and is prepared to take appropriate legal action to prevent implementation of this unlawful regulation.”

Attorney General Rutledge testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry in March urging the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the rule because of the negative impact it would have on Arkansas farmers. In 2012, agriculture added $20.1 billion to the Arkansas economy, according to the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

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