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Seeks Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act Rehearing

Rutledge Seeks Rehearing before Eighth Circuit on Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released the following statement after filing a petition with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals asking for en banc rehearing to determine the constitutionality of the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act.

“I have and will continue to be a strong advocate for the unborn,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act, which prohibits abortions after 12 weeks when a heartbeat is detected, was passed by lawmakers in 2013, and it is my duty to defend this law. I believe that the State’s appeal is entitled to a full hearing before the entire Eighth Circuit and not just a three-judge panel.”

A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit issued a decision that affirmed federal District Judge Susan Webber Wright’s ruling that prohibiting abortions after 12 weeks gestation is unconstitutional. The Attorney General’s Office is requesting that the case be heard by the full membership of the Eighth Circuit.

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June Mobile Office Locations

Rutledge Announces Mobile Office Locations for Remainder of June

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for the remainder of June.

Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents who are having consumer issues and help them file consumer complaints against scam artists. Staff will also be available to answer questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents.

Attorney General Rutledge created the initiative so that the office would be accessible to everyone, not just those who call the capital city home. The Attorney General believes there is no issue too small for her staff to have a face-to-face conversation.

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 Attorney General Mobile Office schedule can be found below:

Jasper

Tuesday, June 16

9 – 11 a.m.

Jasper City Hall

101 E. Elm St.

Jasper, AR 72641

Clarksville

Tuesday, June 16

1 – 3 p.m.

Johnson County Courthouse

215 W. Main St.

Clarksville, AR 72830

Dardanelle

Friday, June 19

9 -11 a.m.

Dardanelle City Hall

120 N. Front St.

Dardanelle, AR 72834

Russellville

Friday, June 19

1 – 3 p.m.

Pope County Courthouse

100 W. Main St.

Russellville, AR 72801

McGehee

Tuesday, June 23

9 – 11 a.m.

McGehee City Hall

901 Holly St.

McGehee, AR 71654

Lake Village

Tuesday, June 23

1 – 3 p.m.

Lake Village Fire Department

2017 Hwy. 65/82 South

Lake Village, AR 71653

Hamburg

Wednesday, June 24

9 – 11 a.m.

Hamburg City Hall

305 E. Adams St.

Hamburg, AR 71646

Monticello

Wednesday, June 24

1 – 3 p.m.

Monticello City Hall

203 W. Gaines St.

Monticello, AR 71656

Marion

Tuesday, June 30

9 – 11 a.m.

Marion Chamber of Commerce

13 E. Military Road

Marion, AR 72364

Forrest City

Tuesday, June 30

1 – 3 p.m.

Forrest City – City Hall

224 N. Rosser

Forrest City, AR 72335

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Our State’s Missing

Rutledge: We Will Never Forget Our State’s Missing

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted the fourth annual Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action event at Camp Robinson. The daylong event helps raise awareness of issues surrounding missing persons and recognizes Arkansas’s missing children and adults.

“Today, nearly 30 families who are coping with missing loved ones gathered at Camp Robinson,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This is the largest number of families this event has ever had, and I am so appreciative of each one of them. Although some of these families have been searching for decades and others for just a few months, I hope this event shows them that they do not have to manage this alone. I am committed to standing beside these families and all Arkansas families until each missing person is found. Arkansas will never forget its missing children and adults.”

“As heartbreaking as it is that children are abducted and exploited, it is uplifting to see the dedication of the various professionals gathered in North Little Rock this week to fight against those who would harm our kids,” said Kevin Mulcahy, assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Michigan.

“I have had the pleasure of attending the Arkansas missing events in the past,” said Todd Matthews, director of case management and communications for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. “They are always among the most well organized in the nation. Attorney General Rutledge is a great model for other states to observe and hopefully step up to the challenge.”

Rutledge opened the event by welcoming Mulcahy to give a training presentation to law enforcement about his personal experience as a survivor of childhood sexual exploitation and how he applies that experience to prosecuting cases.

A luncheon was hosted by Rutledge to honor the families of the missing and thank law enforcement for assisting in missing persons cases. The event also provides support and networking opportunities for families still searching and for those who have tragically lost loved ones.

In the afternoon session, families were able to meet with investigators about unsolved missing persons cases, provide information about their missing loved ones and, in some cases, provide DNA samples.

Assisting the Attorney General’s Office with hosting the event were the Morgan Nick Foundation, the State Crime Lab, Arkansas State Police, the FBI, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The Attorney General’s Office serves as an information clearinghouse for reports on Arkansas’s missing children and acts as the main point of contact for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

To reach the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline, call (800) THE-LOST (843-5678).

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EPA Emissions Rule Still Wrong for Arkansas

Rutledge: EPA Emissions Rule is Still Wrong for Arkansas

Tue, Jun 9, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s ruling regarding the States’ challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft rule concerning coal-fired power plants.

“While I am disappointed with the court’s ruling today, it does not change that the rule is an egregious overstep that will cost Arkansas jobs and the potential for economic growth,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “As Attorney General, I am committed to taking all available action to stop an overreaching EPA. Procedural hurdles like this instance will occur, but it should be noted that today’s ruling from the court says nothing about the legality of the EPA’s rule. The court indicates that the final rule is now imminent, and I stand ready to join attorneys general from across the country to protect our States.”

The three-judge panel ruled in a split decision that the States could not yet challenge the rule because the EPA has not yet officially finalized it.

Rutledge sought the motion to intervene in this case on Feb. 13, and the motion was granted on March 9. Rutledge was joined in the lawsuit by attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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Recognize Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

Rutledge Comments on Judge Griffen’s Ruling to Recognize the Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

Tue, Jun 9, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement in response to the ruling from Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen that the State must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in Arkansas during May 2014.

“These marriages do not fall within the State’s definition of marriage as between one man and one woman,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I am evaluating the ruling and will determine the best path forward to protect the State’s interest.”

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Summer Session I Law Clerks

Rutledge Welcomes Summer Session I Law Clerks to the Attorney General’s Office

Mon, Jun 8, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has welcomed a new class of law clerks to the Attorney General’s Office. These law students will assist various departments with legal research and draft memos and legal documents.

“We are proud to have this group of future lawyers working in our office,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “They are a great asset to our organization, and I know they are getting essential experience from some of the top attorneys in the State.”

Blake Brizzolara, a second year law student at the University of Arkansas School of Law, is clerking in the Civil Department. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2014 with a double major in political science and economics. Brizzolara is a native of Little Rock and graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 2010.

Christina Cole, a third year law student at the University of Arkansas School of Law, is clerking in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. She graduated from Hendrix College in 2013 with a degree in international relations. Cole is from Little Rock and graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 2009.

Whitley Hall, a third year law student and a second year Master in Public Administration student at the University of Arkansas, is clerking in the Criminal Department. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2012 with a degree in English. Hall is from Talladega, Ala., where she graduated from Winterboro High School in 2008.

Rachel Hildebrand, a second year law student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, is clerking in the Public Protection Department. She graduated from Tulane University in 2014 with a double major in English and latin. Hildebrand is from Little Rock and graduated from Episcopal Collegiate School in 2010.

Thomas Langevin, a third year law student at the University of Arkansas School of Law, clerking in the Public Protection Department. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 2013 with a major in economics. Langevin graduated from Salem High School in 2009.

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