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Rutledge Announces Arrest of Garland County Man for Crimes Involving Children

Rutledge Announces Arrest of Garland County Man for Crimes Involving Children

Tue, Feb 27, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the arrest of Mark White of Hot Springs Village on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony.

White, 32, was arrested by the Attorney General’s office Cyber Crimes Unit. He is being held in the Garland County Detention Center on $105,000 bond.

Special agents in the Attorney General’s office seized two laptops, two phones and numerous external hard drives and flash drives from the residence. The case file will be turned over to Garland County Prosecutor Michelle Lawrence when completed.

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Rutledge Joins Coalition to Fight Against Unconstitutional Obamacare

Rutledge Joins Coalition to Fight Against Unconstitutional Obamacare

Mon, Feb 26, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced she has joined a 20-state coalition urging a federal district court in Texas to hold the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, unconstitutional and to prohibit the entire law.

“Obamacare has been an overreaching, unconstitutional burden for all Americans from its inception,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “For too long the federal government has mandated Arkansas’s health care without regard for the medical care Arkansans desire or can afford. It’s time for this act to be rightfully held unconstitutional so that Americans can again be free to select the health coverage best suited to their needs.”

The complaint explains that Obamacare forces an unconstitutional and irrational regime onto the states and their citizens. In NFIB v. Sebelius, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly upheld the individual mandate, the core provision of Obamacare, as a “tax.” However, Congress has recently repealed this tax, while leaving the mandate in place. Since the Supreme Court has already held that Congress has no authority to impose such a mandate on Americans, absent invoking its taxing authority, the Obamacare mandate is now unconstitutional. Because the unconstitutional mandate is an integral part of Obamacare, the entire law must be struck down.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the coalition’s brief in a federal district court in Texas. In addition to Arkansas, other states participating are Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia.

About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. She is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. Since taking office, she has begun a Mobile Office program, a Military and Veterans Initiative, a Metal Theft Prevention program and a Cooperative Disability Investigations program. She has led efforts to teach internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge serves as Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association and Vice Chairwoman of the National Association of Attorneys General Southern Region. She also re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture.

A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for Gov. Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and subsequently was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.

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Rutledge Speaks at CPAC

Rutledge Speaks at CPAC

Fri, Feb 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today addressed the Conservative Political Action Committee following President Donald J. Trump. Attorney General Rutledge spoke on the danger of sanctuary cities and the importance of the rule of law.

“American patriots have not laid down their lives on foreign soil only to have family and friends be harmed by policies of public officials,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This is a fight for our freedoms by defending the rule of law.”

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Rutledge Announces Attorneys Joining Effort to Combat Gun Violence

Rutledge Announces Attorneys Joining Effort to Combat Gun Violence

Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Says, ‘No Arkansan Should Live in Fear’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that her office is partnering with the U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland to tackle gun violence. Four attorneys from the Attorney General’s Office will serve as Special Assistant United States Attorneys in an effort to curb violence and increase prosecution of federal gun crimes.

“I am proud to join U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland in the important fight against violent crime,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The addition of Special Assistant United States Attorneys will help law enforcement curtail unnecessary violence and lock criminals up for the gun crimes they commit. No Arkansan should live in fear and I am confident that prosecuting and removing dangerous criminals from our streets will make our neighborhoods safer.”

Hiland introduced the Special Assistant United States Attorneys program and announced that in addition to the Attorney General’s Office, several elected state prosecutors will join the U.S. Department of Justice in tackling gun crimes. Chief Deputy Attorney General Julie Benafield, Deputy Attorney General Will Jones, and Assistant Attorneys General Emily Abbott and Amanda Jegley will be assigned to assist Hiland's office in addition to their regular duties.

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