AG Rutledge Compelled To Appear In Court

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A Pulaski County judge involved in several key cases concerning state powers has ruled Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge must appear at an upcoming hearing on a constitutional challenge of her decision to reject a ballot referendum to clarify Arkansas’ sovereign immunity rules.

In a brief five-page ruling late Monday evening, Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen compelled Rutledge to appear at a May 18 hearing challenging the attorney general’s authority to reject a proposed constitutional amendment to waive the state’s long-held sovereign immunity law, which mainly prevents the state of Arkansas from being sued in court.

The Committee to Restore Arkansans’ Rights, led by Alex Gray, an attorney affiliated with law firm of State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson and a group pushing for a casino amendment, had originally served Rutledge with a subpoena on May 3 to appear before the court in her official capacity as Attorney General. That subpoena asks Rutledge to explain why she has failed to perform her duties to “exercise the rights reserved to the people (of Arkansas) to propose constitution amendments.”    MORE

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