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    Rutledge Announces Attorneys Joining Effort to Combat Gun Violence

    February 22, 2018

    Says, ‘No Arkansan Should Live in Fear’

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that her office is partnering with the U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland to tackle gun violence. Four attorneys from the Attorney General’s Office will serve as Special Assistant United States Attorneys in an effort to curb violence and increase prosecution of federal gun crimes.

    “I am proud to join U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland in the important fight against violent crime,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The addition of Special Assistant United States Attorneys will help law enforcement curtail unnecessary violence and lock criminals up for the gun crimes they commit. No Arkansan should live in fear and I am confident that prosecuting and removing dangerous criminals from our streets will make our neighborhoods safer.”

    Hiland introduced the Special Assistant United States Attorneys program and announced that in addition to the Attorney General’s Office, several elected state prosecutors will join the U.S. Department of Justice in tackling gun crimes. Chief Deputy Attorney General Julie Benafield, Deputy Attorney General Will Jones, and Assistant Attorneys General Emily Abbott and Amanda Jegley will be assigned to assist Hiland's office in addition to their regular duties.

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