Rutledge Statement on the Passing of Former Arkansas Chief Justice Jim Hannah
January 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.”