Rutledge Statement on the Passing of Cleburne County Sheriff Richard SwainMon, Jan 26, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the following statement today in response to the passing of Cleburne County Sheriff Richard Swain:
"For the second time in less than a week, Arkansas has lost another dedicated member of our local law enforcement leadership. I am saddened by the loss of Cleburne County Sheriff Richard Swain, who passed away early Sunday morning after a much-too brief tenure as sheriff. Sheriff Swain was elected this past November, and I know he was dedicated to serving the wonderful people of Cleburne County. My thoughts and prayers are with Sheriff Swain's wife, Pat, and their children, his colleagues and all those who call Cleburne County home."
Sheriff Swain was elected as the Cleburne County Sheriff in November 2014 and took office on Jan. 1 of this year. Sheriff Swain retired as an inspector with the Shelby County, Tenn., Sheriff’s Office in 2002. Prior to his election as sheriff, he served as jail administrator with the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office and held the rank of captain.
Rutledge Seeks Second Oral Argument in Challenge Against Amendment 83Fri, Jan 23, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that she has submitted a motion to the Arkansas Supreme Court requesting a second oral argument in the appeal of the challenge against Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution. Attorney General Rutledge released the following statement:
“Two Associate Justices were not seated on the Arkansas Supreme Court when the first oral argument was held in November 2014, and Chief Justice Hannah was absent due to a national meeting of chief justices. I believe the Court would benefit greatly from a second oral argument. The people of Arkansas should know that as Attorney General, I will vigorously defend any challenge against Arkansas’s Constitution.”
Because the U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will review the marriage cases arising out of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, the Arkansas Supreme Court may decline to announce a decision until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules. However, neither side has requested a stay in the case before the Arkansas Supreme Court. The Court has the authority to rule on the issues before it, including state constitutional issues that will not be addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Attorney General Rutledge’s predecessor filed a notice of appeal with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis on Dec. 23, 2014, regarding U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker’s decision in the separate federal-court challenge against Amendment 83. The State’s opening brief to the Eighth Circuit is due Feb. 17, 2015.
Rutledge Statement on the Passing of Rogers Chief of Police, James AllenThu, Jan 22, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the following statement today after learning that Chief James Allen of the Rogers Police Department passed away:
“I am saddened by the loss of Chief James Allen. Chief Allen was a long-time officer in northwest Arkansas and never wavered, despite a yearlong battle with cancer, from his oath to keep the citizens of Rogers safe from harm. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire law enforcement communities of Bentonville, Rogers and the greater northwest Arkansas region, as well as Chief Allen’s family and friends.”
Chief Allen led the Rogers Police Department from April of 2011 until his passing. Prior to that, he served as the Chief of Police of the Bentonville Police Department for 22 years.
Rutledge Encourages Participation in Child Safety Poster ContestWed, Jan 21, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the following statement today to remind Arkansas’s students in kindergarten through fifth grade of the approaching deadline for the Child Safety Poster Contest, an annual contest sponsored by the Attorney General’s Office:
“As your Attorney General, I am committed to protecting our children, and what better way to do that than with a program that teaches our children how to avoid dangers and remain safe. I have viewed several of the posters from previous winners and cannot wait to see what safety tips children use to highlight this year’s theme, ‘Bring Our Missing Children Home.’”
All entries must be postmarked to the Attorney General’s Office no later than Wednesday, Jan. 28. The contest is open to all Arkansas students, from kindergarten to fifth grade. Judges will view the posters and make selections in February, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in April. Information on those dates and times will be forthcoming.
The winning poster from the fifth grade will be entered into the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest, hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
For more information, please contact the Attorney General’s Office at (501) 682-2007 and ask to speak with Carol or Rachel in the Community Relations Division or visit the Attorney General’s website by clicking here.
Rutledge Mourns Passing of State Senator David WyattThu, Jan 15, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today attended funeral services for State Senator David Wyatt. Rutledge released the following statement:
“Senator David Wyatt was a tireless advocate for the people of his home community of Rosie, and all of those that call Independence County home. From his service as County Judge to his tenure at the State Capitol, Senator Wyatt helped countless families, and paved the way for growth and opportunity in my home community. My family and I have lost a great friend, and I extend my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to his wife Deborah and their entire family.”
Rutledge was born and raised in Batesville in Independence County.
Rutledge Honored to Serve as Arkansas’s Attorney GeneralTue, Jan 13, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Leslie Rutledge, of Little Rock, was sworn in as Arkansas’s 56th Attorney General today. Rutledge, the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history elected to the Office, issued the following statement:
“The people of Arkansas have entrusted me with an enormous responsibility of serving as their Attorney General, and I am honored and humbled by their confidence. My office will work every day, and make it the highest priority, to protect the well-being of all Arkansans from criminals, internet predators, scam artists and an overreaching federal government."
Rutledge took the oath of office in the House Chamber of the Arkansas State Capitol with several family members and friends observing from the House Gallery. She was escorted onto the House floor by her father, former Circuit Judge Keith Rutledge.
Rutledge, a native of Batesville, Arkansas, joined Governor Asa Hutchinson, Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin, Secretary of State Mark Martin, Auditor of State Andrea Lea, Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan and Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston at today's inaugural ceremonies.