Rutledge Statement on the United States Supreme Court’s Decision to Not Hear the Human Heartbeat Protection Act CaseTue, Jan 19, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to grant her request for a writ of certiorari to uphold the constitutionality of the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act.
“I am disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to not grant certiorari,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act was passed by the elected legislators of this State and was a reasonable way to protect the lives of more unborn children. The Court should have granted certiorari to change its current doctrine that prevents a State from prohibiting abortions until later in pregnancy. Arkansas and other states have a profound interest in defending the life of the unborn and as Attorney General, I had a duty to fully defend this statute.”
Rutledge: The King Holiday is a Day of Remembrance and Active ServiceMon, Jan 18, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement today in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. worked tirelessly to bring freedom and justice to all,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Today, in communities across Arkansas and this nation, we will pause, reflect and celebrate the accomplishments of Dr. King. His dream of equality for citizens across this country is one that we must never forget and continue to strive to improve. The King holiday is not only a day of remembrance but also a day of active service to those who need it most – those Dr. King would have regarded with compassion just as we should. Today, and every day, let us remember Dr. King’s words: ‘the time is always right to do what is right.’”
Rutledge will attend and give remarks at the Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast from 6:45-8:30 a.m. at the UALR Jack Stephens Center.
Rutledge Takes Action Against Orientacion LatinaFri, Jan 15, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a consumer-protection lawsuit on Tuesday against “notario” Yovana Hartin, also known as Yovana Diaz, and her business Orientacion Latina in Little Rock for false advertising. Hartin claims to provide “Notaria” services yet she has failed to make required disclosures stating that she is not an attorney or affiliated with a government agency.
“The fraudulent action and advertising of Orientacion Latina to intentionally deceive is wrong,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Orientacion Latina is not above the law and therefore should have disclosed that Hartin is not an attorney and not licensed or certified and has no authority over immigration or citizenship issues.”
Hartin advertised herself as a “notario” or “notario publico.” Hartin is not an attorney and cannot give legal advice on immigration issues. “Notario” fraud occurs when someone takes advantage of the literal English translation of “notario publico” or notary public. In Latin America, “notario” refers to members of the legal community who have specialized training similar to attorneys in various areas of the law.
Under Arkansas law, any person using the term “notario,” must include the following notice in all advertisements and signage in both English and Spanish: “I am not a licensed attorney and cannot engage in the practice of law. I am not a representative of any government agency with authority over immigration or citizenship and cannot offer legal advice or other assistance regarding immigration.”
Rutledge is asking the court to impose civil penalties, restitution, attorneys’ fees, costs and other relief against Orintacion Latina.
Rutledge Statement on the Passing of Former Arkansas Chief Justice Jim HannahThu, Jan 14, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement today in response to the passing of former Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hannah.
“Arkansas has lost a fine attorney and judge,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “From my time as a clerk at the Court of Appeals, I know firsthand that Judge Hannah was always willing to give advice to young, aspiring lawyers. Judge Hannah consistently put the people of Arkansas and the rule of law above all other considerations. He has only been away from the Court a short time and like many Arkansans, I am saddened by his sudden passing, but I know the impact he had on our State’s judiciary will not be soon forgotten. As I said when the chief justice announced his retirement, throughout his lengthy career he consistently provided a fair and impartial approach to any question or case brought before him. I extend my sincere thoughts and prayers to his wife, Pat, and the entire Hannah family.”
Rutledge Adopts Digital You as New Internet Safety ProgramThu, Jan 14, 2016
SEARCY – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that her office is adopting a new Internet safety program. Digital You is a comprehensive, interactive educational program created by AT&T and Common Sense Media to offer tools, tips, apps, guidance and community education events for people of all ages and levels of online experience to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience. Digital You was officially launched nationally in August 2015.
Rutledge made the announcement at a press conference at the Lightle Senior Center in Searcy along with AT&T’s External Affairs Manager Rhonda Cline.
“In addition to teaching young people about Internet safety, it is a priority of mine to educate parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and all adults about how to be smart online,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “By teaming up with Common Sense Media and AT&T to utilize their technology expertise and research, educators from my office will be able to present age-appropriate Internet safety trainings not only to children but enhance our statewide outreach to teenagers, parents and senior citizens to enable them to use technology in a safe and responsible manner. Regardless of age, skills or where Arkansans live, everyone is susceptible to scams and online threats.”
"AT&T deeply appreciates the opportunity to work with Attorney General Rutledge on this fantastic public education initiative,” said AT&T Director of External & Legislative Affairs Rhonda Cline. “AT&T launched Digital You so that people of all ages and levels of digital savvy have the resources and guidance they need to have a safe, secure and productive online experience. With educational materials for older adults, parents, teens, and individuals with disabilities, we are pleased Digital you is helping arm her office with information that will help Arkansans of all ages navigate the day to day issues that are a part of our digital experience.”
The Attorney General’s community educators are now offering Digital You presentations across the State to three audiences – seniors, parents and teens. The goal of the program is to help Arkansans with privacy, safety and security as they connect online.
Seniors and older adults who are digital newcomers will be given tips and tricks to learn how to use mobile devices, navigate the Internet, recognize scams, keep private information secure, back up data and more so that they can be empowered online. Parents will be given information about managing device usage, staying safe online, handling issues like cyberbullying and online reputation and protecting devices. Teenagers will be taught how to safely and responsibly navigate their digital lives.
Following the announcement, a community educator with the Attorney General’s office gave a presentation to seniors at the center.
Rutledge also launched her official Snapchat account today, making her the first constitutional officer in the State to use the platform. To follow Rutledge, open the Snapchat application and search “agrutledge.”
For more information about Digital You, upcoming presentations or to request a presentation in your community, please call (501) 682-2007 or visit ArkansasAG.gov.
Attorney General, Press Association Publish 17th Edition of Arkansas Freedom of Information HandbookWed, Jan 13, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and the Arkansas Press Association today announced that the 17th edition of the Freedom of Information Handbook is now available online and in print.
“The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act is one of the most comprehensive in the country,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “It is considered one of the strongest and best models for open government, and I am pleased to join with the Arkansas Press Association to ensure that government officials, journalists and citizens across the State are informed about and correctly adhering to the law.”
“It is an important joint endeavor, and we print some 25,000 copies of the handbook after each legislative session to help inform public office holders as to their responsibilities under Arkansas’ strong open government laws,” said Tres Williams, communications director and chief lobbyist for the Arkansas Press Association. “We also make the publication widely available to stress to all the importance of the Freedom of Information Act in preserving transparency and ensuring citizen involvement in the institutions they fund.”
The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act was enacted by the General Assembly in 1967 after a strong push from a coalition of citizens and journalists and with the support of then-Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller. The bill passed the House and Senate without a dissenting vote. Gov. Rockefeller later reflected that passage of the FOIA was one of the most significant achievements of his time in office.
Print copies of the handbook are available upon request from the Attorney General’s office by calling (501) 682-2007, and electronic copies of the handbook are available at ArkansasAG.gov and at ArkansasPress.org.