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Rutledge Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Regarding Arkansas Birth Certificates

June 26, 2017

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement after a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court summarily reversed the Arkansas Supreme Court in Pavan v. Smith.

“In a sharply divided decision, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned the Arkansas Supreme Court without briefing or argument on the merits,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I disagree with the majority’s flawed reasoning and strongly agree with the conclusions of Justices Gorsuch, Thomas and Alito in their well-reasoned dissent. Nonetheless, the Supreme Court has spoken, and I will continue to review today’s decision to determine the appropriate next steps upon remand to the Arkansas Supreme Court to ensure that the law is followed properly.”

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