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Attorneys General Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Microsoft Case

Attorneys General Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Microsoft Case

Wed, Aug 2, 2017

Says, ‘this loophole cannot stand’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined a large bipartisan coalition in submitting an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the justices to decide whether email service providers can shield evidence of a crime from law enforcement by storing data outside the United States.

In United States v. Microsoft, a federal judge issued a search warrant under the Stored Communications Act (SCA), authorizing the search of a specific Microsoft Outlook email account. The judge found probable cause to believe the account was being used to traffic narcotics in the United States. An email provider who receives a warrant under the SCA for evidence of a crime must disclose the requested data to the law enforcement agency.

Microsoft argued that compliance with the warrant was not required because that data was stored on a server in Ireland. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed with Microsoft and quashed the warrant.

“It is important for law enforcement officers to have access to pertinent information they need to properly and thoroughly conduct investigations,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Technology becomes a bigger part of our lives each day and this loophole cannot stand. The U.S. Supreme Court should clarify this rule.”

The coalition argued that email providers around the country are relying on this decision to refuse compliance with warrants issued under the SCA and similar state laws. The brief argues that the Supreme Court’s review “is necessary to address the Second Circuit’s remarkable conclusion that a private company has unfettered discretion to shield evidence of crime from law enforcement, simply by electronically sending that evidence out of the jurisdiction.”

Rutledge has been joined in filing the brief, led by Vermont, by attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

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Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for August

Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for August

Fri, Jul 28, 2017

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

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:

Randolph County

Tuesday, August 1

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Pocahontas Community Center

200 Geneva Drive

Pocahontas, AR 72455

Crawford County

Tuesday, August 8

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Van Buren Senior Activity Center

607 Knox St.

Van Buren, AR 72956

Monroe County

Tuesday, August 15

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Mid-Delta Clarendon Community Center

553 North 7th St.

Clarendon, AR 72029

Little River County

Thursday, August 24

10:30 a.m. – noon

Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas – Barbara Horn Civic Center

1411 N. Constitution Ave.

Ashdown, AR 71822

Stone County

Tuesday, August 29

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Mountain View Senior Center

210 School Ave.

Mountain View, AR 72560

Crittenden County

Thursday, August 31

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Marion Chamber of Commerce

13 E. Military Road

Marion, AR 72364

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Prevails at 8th Circuit in Defense of Law to Protect Women

Rutledge Prevails at the 8th Circuit in Defense of State Law to Protect Women

Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Law requiring that medication abortion providers contract with a doctor who agrees to handle emergencies and complications will take effect soon

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit vacating a U.S. District Court’s decision enjoining and blocking an Arkansas law requiring that medication abortion providers contract with a doctor who agrees to handle emergencies and complications associated with abortion inducing drugs.

“In a unanimous opinion, the 8th Circuit recognized that the lower court incorrectly analyzed the law,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The injunction was vacated because Planned Parenthood failed to show that the state law is a substantial obstacle, preventing most women from having access to abortion services. This common sense law will help ensure that medication abortions are conducted in a safe, responsible manner and with appropriate protections for women. While the Court did not reach a final decision on the ultimate merits, today’s decision is an important notice to the lower court that this law has important benefits for patients. I will continue to defend Act 577 as Planned Parenthood continues its challenge.”

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Rutledge Commends D.C. Court for Blocking Unconstitutional Gun Law

Rutledge Commends D.C. Court for Blocking Unconstitutional Gun Law

Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Arkansas Attorney General joined amicus brief in 2016 urging the Court to strike down permitting scheme

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge commended the action of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for agreeing with a brief she signed and striking down a restrictive and unlawful firearm law that had been put in place by the Washington, D.C. City Council.

“The D.C. Circuit recognized an important fact: while a government may create reasonable permitting laws consistent with the Constitution, it cannot go beyond that to effectively nullify the Second Amendment,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The D.C. Council clearly intended to prevent a large majority of D.C. citizens from lawfully carrying a weapon, and the Court correctly decided that this permitting scheme was inconsistent with our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

Under the law, the District refused to issue a public-carry license to any law-abiding citizen unless the District believed, on a case-by-case basis, that a citizen had “good reason to fear injury.” Rutledge believed, and the D.C. Circuit agreed, that such a scheme would make it almost impossible for a normal, law-abiding citizen to obtain a license to carry a firearm, thus infringing upon Second Amendment rights.

Led by Arizona, Rutledge and 14 of her colleagues filed a brief with the court last August urging the court to find the law unconstitutional.

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Rutledge Welcomes Summer Session II Law Clerks

Rutledge Welcomes Summer Session II Law Clerks

Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Says ‘law clerks are an incredible asset to the State’

LITTLE ROCK Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge welcomed a new class of law clerks for the second summer session to the Attorney General’s office. These law students work in various departments assisting with legal research, drafting memos and legal documents and accompanying lawyers at trials, client meetings and hearings.

“Attorney General’s office law clerks are an incredible asset to the State,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Law clerks work with some of Arkansas’s top attorneys and are exposed to the fulfilling experience of service in the public sector. The law clerk program is a great service-learning opportunity for students.”

John Michael Adkins, a second-year student at the University of Arkansas School of Law, is clerking in the State Agencies Department. He received a degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Arkansas in 2007 and a nursing degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2012. Adkins is from Fayetteville and graduated from Fayetteville High School in 2002.

Ethan Ellis, a second-year student at the University of Arkansas School of Law, is clerking in the Public Protection Department. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 2016 with a degree in English. Ellis is from Conway and graduated from Conway Christian School in 2012.

Lacey Johnson, a third-year student at the University of Arkansas School of Law, is clerking in the Civil Department. She graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 2014 with degrees in history and technical theatre. Johnson is from Little Rock where she graduated from high school in 2007.

Troy “Teddy” Stewart, a third-year student at the University of Georgia School of Law, is clerking in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. He graduated from the University of California San Diego with a degree in philosophy in 2015. Stewart is from Temecula, California, and graduated from Linfield Christian High School in Temecula, California in 2010.

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