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Rutledge Statement on the Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court

Rutledge Statement on the Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court

Fri, Apr 7, 2017

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement following the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court by the U.S. Senate.

“I applaud the U.S. Senate, and specifically Arkansas Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, for confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Individuals on both the right and left have praised Judge Gorsuch, and it was made clear during his confirmation hearings that he would be a superb jurist who respects the rule of law and immensely values and understands that the judiciary must be independent. Judge Gorsuch is extremely qualified, and I congratulate him on his confirmation to the seat that was once held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a man he referred to as a ‘lion on the law.’”

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Rutledge Defends Baltimore Pregnancy Center’s Free Speech

Rutledge Defends Baltimore Pregnancy Center’s Free Speech

Thu, Apr 6, 2017

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joined nine other attorneys general on an amicus brief to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals urging the court to support a religious organization’s right to freedom of speech and to offer alternatives to abortion. The brief defends the Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns in its fight challenging a local city ordinance that the center contends violates its constitutional rights.

“Not only does the City of Baltimore Ordinance deter the free and open exchange of ideas between this center’s staff and their visitors, but it significantly restricts the options available to women during a difficult time in their life,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Women are entitled to fair and honest advertising about the services available at any health care facility, and it is wrong for the government to require a private religious center to deliver a message that conflicts with their religious beliefs.”

In 2009, the City of Baltimore passed an ordinance that requires that the Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns display a sign stating that they “do not provide or make referrals for abortion or birth control services.” But the city does not require abortion clinics to display the services they do not offer, such as adoption or prenatal care. This discriminatory double standard threatens the mission of the center and its goal to create a supportive environment for women.

The attorneys general argue in the brief that the ordinance uses consumer protection as cover to violate the First Amendment. It does so in targeting the non-commercial speech of charitable organizations who wish to communicate sincerely-held religious beliefs about abortion.

Led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Rutledge is joined on the brief by the states of Alabama, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

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 also serves as Vice Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association and 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 Declares April 2-8 Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Arkansas

Rutledge Declares April 2-8 Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Arkansas

Tue, Apr 4, 2017

Says, ‘My heart breaks for the victims of violence, and I offer my sincerest prayers for protection and healing’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today spoke to victims, advocates and law enforcement at the Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony at Heifer Village. Rutledge proclaimed April 2-8 as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Arkansas during the ceremony. In a proclamation yesterday, President Donald Trump proclaimed this week as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, urging all Americans, families, law enforcement, community and faith-based organizations and private organizations to work together to support victims of crime and protect their rights.

“As a former prosecutor, it is important for me to promote safer communities while honoring advocates who empower victims and survivors and strive to see justice done,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “My heart breaks for the victims of violence, and I offer my sincerest prayers for protection and healing. I will continue to strongly support and thank the countless members of law enforcement and victims’ advocates in communities across Arkansas.”

This year’s theme for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Strength, Resilience, Justice.”

The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Program, administered by the Office of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on behalf of the Crime Victims Reparations Board, provides financial compensation to victims and family members who have suffered personal injury or death as the result of violent crime.

Additionally, the Sexual Assault Reimbursement Program allows evidence to be collected after a sexual assault has been committed without the victim bearing the burden of the expense, and it pays for ambulance services and medical or legal examinations.

Victims may apply for compensation by submitting an application to the Attorney General’s office. Applications are available at ArkansasAG.gov or from Arkansas’s 28 elected prosecuting attorneys.

In 2016, Rutledge unveiled Laura’s Card and has since distributed over 75,000 cards across Arkansas. Laura’s Card is a resource to assist and empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to provide resources to people in abusive situations. The card can also be downloaded in English and Spanish at LaurasCard.ar.gov.

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Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for April

Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for April

Wed, Mar 29, 2017

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for April.

Attorney General Rutledge created the mobile office initiative during her first year in office to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. In both 2015 and 2016, office hours were held in all 75 counties assisting nearly 1,300 Arkansans.

The Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents with consumer related issues in filing consumer complaints against scam artists. Staff will also be available to answer questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents. Rutledge believes there is no issue too small for her staff to have a face-to-face conversation.

Rutledge continues her partnership that began in 2016 with local law enforcement across the State to offer prescription drug take back boxes. Law enforcement will be at all mobile offices to handle a secure box and properly dispose of the prescriptions collected. Rutledge encourages Arkansans to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office.

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.

The upcoming mobile office schedule is below:

Chicot County

Tuesday, April 4

10-11:30 a.m.

Festinger Memorial Senior Citizen Center

751 N. Lakeshore Drive

Lake Village, AR 71653

Mississippi County

Tuesday, April 6

10:30 a.m.-noon

Mississippi County Blytheville Senior Citizens Center

1101 David Lane

Blytheville, AR 72315

Nevada County

Thursday, April 13

10-11:30 a.m.

Hamilton Blakely Senior Citizens Center

419 E. Main St.

Prescott, AR 71857

Johnson County

Tuesday, April 18

10:30 a.m.-noon

Johnson County Senior Activity Center

1421 W. Oakland St.

Clarksville, AR 72830

Independence County

Thursday, April 20

10-11:30 a.m.

Independence County Senior Citizens Center

1590 College St.

Batesville, AR 72501

Phillips County

Tuesday, April 25

10-11:30 a.m.

Helena-West Helena Center

406 Desoto St.

Helena-West Helena, AR 72390

Logan County

Thursday, April 27

10-11:30 a.m.

Booneville Senior Center

545 Heritage Drive

Booneville, AR 72927

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Rutledge Statement on President Trump’s Directive to Rollback Unlawful Clean Power Plan
Rutledge: POTUS has Authority to Temporarily Suspend Entry of Aliens

Rutledge: POTUS has Authority to Temporarily Suspend Entry of Aliens

Mon, Mar 27, 2017

Files amicus brief asking 4th Circuit to reverse district court’s ruling enjoining the executive order

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge believes the President of the United States has the statutory and constitutional authority to temporarily suspend entry of aliens seeking to enter the U.S.

Today, with 12 other states, Rutledge has filed an amicus brief with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, urging the Court to grant a stay and ultimately reverse the lower court’s ruling enjoining the executive order.

“The President has the authority under the law to temporarily suspend entry of aliens into this country,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I have been disappointed by the activism of many judges at the lower court level to enjoin this revised order, which was drafted in close consultation with the affected agencies and uses precise language to clear up any misconceptions about what individuals are covered. The President and his team, who receive classified intelligence briefings, are in a better position to determine how best to keep this country safe and that is why Congress has delegated this authority to the executive branch. The safety and security of the American people is the President’s top priority, and this executive order falls within the scope of his lawful authority.”

Congress has granted the President broad authority under 8 U.S. Code § 1182 which says, “whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

Rutledge and her colleagues point out in the brief that the states do not have the authority to temporarily suspend entry, instead relying on the executive branch of the federal government to keep citizens safe. The Attorneys General write, “The district court’s ruling is thus an intrusion into national security, foreign affairs and immigration powers possessed by the Executive and delegated by Congress. The injunction is contrary to law, and it threatens amici’s interests by denying the federal government – under a statutory regime crafted by the states’ elected representatives in Congress – the latitude necessary to make policy judgments inherent in this country’s nature as a sovereign.”

Rutledge joined the brief, which was led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with the attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, as well as the Governor of Mississippi.

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 also serves as Vice Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association and 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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