Rutledge Statement on the Passing of Former Associate Justice Ray Thornton
April 13, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement after learning of the passing of former Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice Ray Thornton.
“Justice Ray Thornton spent his entire life devoted to serving his state and country and was the definition of a public servant having served in the U.S. Navy, as Attorney General of Arkansas, as Congressman representing two districts, President to both Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas and Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. I have read and researched many of Justice Thornton’s opinions over the years, and I am appreciative of Justice Thornton’s years of service, including the impact he had on the office I currently hold. I extend my heartfelt sympathy and prayers to his loved ones.”