Rutledge Joins President Trump and Attorney General Barr for Discussion on Social Media CensorshipWed, Sep 23, 2020
Says, ‘it has become clear that these sites have actually been censoring speech based on political ideology’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge participated today in a roundtable discussion with President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr on censorship experienced by Americans using various social media platforms.
“Arkansans have been misled to believe that social media platforms are neutral sites. But it has become clear that these sites have actually been censoring speech based on political ideology,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “During today’s meeting with President Trump and General Barr we discussed how we can partner to investigate any deceptive trade practices under Arkansas law.”
The meeting follows Executive Order 13925, signed by President Trump in May that combats censorship of users by online platforms.
Rutledge Receives Junior Achievement Legacy AwardTue, Sep 22, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge received the Legacy Award from Junior Achievement of Arkansas (JA), honoring her visionary leadership in supporting the academic success of Arkansas’ youth. The purpose of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people for success in the global economy. The program is also dedicated to providing a positive and enriching learning experience while investing in more than 8,400 students in Central Arkansas. The Legacy Award recognizes individuals who display exceptional leadership in Arkansas.
“It is such an honor to be recognized by Junior Achievement, a fantastic organization on a mission to educate and make sure young people have the tools to take care of their communities,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “We want students to learn how to manage a budget early. Financial literacy is an important lesson Junior Achievement teaches kids from the classroom before they enter the workforce.”
Due to COVID-19, Rutledge accepted the award at JA’s Legacy Award Business Luncheon that was hosted virtually on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. It can be viewed on Talk Business and Politics’ website.
The Legacy Award was established in 2008 to honor visionary leaders who founded Junior Achievement of Arkansas in 1987. Along with Rutledge, AT&T Arkansas president Ronnie Dedman was also honored with the Legacy Award.
Rutledge Releases Statement on Passing of Justice GinsburgFri, Sep 18, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released the following statement after the announcement of the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg served our great nation for many years,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “She leaves behind a legacy that will know no boundaries. My prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.”
Rutledge Hosts over 300 for Virtual Elder Abuse ConferenceThu, Sep 3, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted the first virtual Elder Abuse Conference. Over 300 attendees heard from Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt who addressed lessons his office has learned and the steps he is taking to combat elder abuse. The conference also provided educational information on issues faced by loved ones and providers who assist and serve the elderly.
“My office is dedicated to protecting our seniors from those who take advantage of our most vulnerable through financial and physical abuse,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This educational forum empowers family, friends, employers and law enforcement to recognize the signs of abuse, teaches them how to quickly protect victims and notify authorities when abuse is occurring.”
The full day’s event was previously scheduled to take place in April, but was rescheduled due to COVID-19. The conference covered a broad range of topics including caregiver fatigue, financial exploitation, agency roles in protecting elderly clients and communicating with victims who have cognitive impairment.
According to the National Council on Aging, one in 10 Americans 60 years and older have experienced some kind of abuse. As many as five million elderly Americans are estimated to be abused each year.
To view a list of upcoming trainings and events offered by the Arkansas Attorney General's Office, visit ArkansasAG.gov.
Rutledge to Host 2020 Virtual Law Enforcement SummitMon, Aug 31, 2020
‘Our men and women in blue have experienced unprecedented challenges, risk, and trauma’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the agenda for the 18th Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit, which will be held on October 6 on an entirely virtual platform. The annual event is hosted by Rutledge as a free training and educational opportunity for Arkansas’s law enforcement community, including officers, prosecutors and criminal justice personnel.
“This year, our men and women in blue have experienced unprecedented challenges, risk, and trauma, so we have adapted our training to address their needs and better prepare them as they continue to serve and protect all Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I encourage all officers to register so they can learn from these insightful presenters.”
Former police officer, licensed psychologist and author Dr. Stephanie Conn will present on how first responders can take proactive and responsive steps to adaptively respond to chronic stress and trauma. A discussion of the risk and protective factors that influence wellbeing will be offered to assist first responders to understand their own experiences with trauma and stress and how to mitigate their impact. This will include a plain-language discussion of the neurobiology of trauma. Resilience research is applied to the unique issues of first responder work, generating practical strategies to promote resilience.
Little Rock Police Officers Michelle Hill and Henry Moore will present on officer mental health and wellness. According to a study by Blue H.E.L.P., the number of police officers who died in 2019 by suicide was 228, which almost doubled the 132 killed in the line of duty. They will go over ways to provide support for everyone who is a part of the law enforcement family, from peer-to-peer counseling to finance help to relationships.
This training has been approved for 6 hours of Continuing Law Enforcement Standards and Training (CLEST) and Continuing Legal Education (CLE).
Registration is open and available at ArkansasAG.gov under the trainings tab.
Rutledge Applauds Court’s Dismissal of Frivolous Lawsuit by Jim BakkerFri, Aug 28, 2020
Say, ‘will not be deterred from the important job of protecting Arkansas consumers from fraudulent and deceptive claims’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge applauds the decision dismissing a lawsuit against the State of Arkansas, filed by Jim Bakker and his production company, Morningside Church Productions, Inc., which conducts business as The Jim Bakker Show. The decision issued in a U.S. District Court underscores Rutledge’s determination to investigate fraud regardless of its form or its guise. More importantly, the decision shows that Rutledge cannot be bullied in her investigations of fraud by a party simply rushing to the courthouse to sue her or the State of Arkansas. Rutledge has a separate lawsuit against Jim Bakker and his production company in the Arkansas Circuit Court under the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act for falsely telling Arkansas consumers that colloidal silver products would cure, eliminate, kill or deactivate COVID-19.
“Jim Bakker’s attempts to distract my office by filing a federal lawsuit failed. We will not be deterred from the important job of protecting Arkansas consumers from fraudulent and deceptive claims,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I will not tolerate illegal schemes used by Mr. Bakker that directly harm Arkansas consumers financially or physically. Bakker has historically cloaked his illegal action in the name of religion, yet he continues to deceive Arkansans for his own glory and wealth by peddling unsafe and ineffective potions as a cure for COVID-19.”
Approximately 385 Arkansans made purchases from Bakker’s company totaling approximately $60,524 for colloidal silver products between January 1 and March 9, 2020.
In February 2020, The Jim Bakker Show hosted Sherrill Sellman who falsely claimed the colloidal silver products hawked by Jim Bakker were “proven by the government to have the ability to kill every pathogen it has ever been tested on, including SARS and HIV… .” Both Bakker and Sellman have separately received warning letters from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for selling unapproved drugs to cure or prevent COVID-19. The FDA had previously stated that silver products are not scientifically recognized to be safe and effective.
Rutledge is urging all consumers who have purchased products from Bakker or Sellman to contact the office immediately at (800) 482- 8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov.