On Day Arkansas AG Was To Testify In Lawsuit, Case Moved To Federal Court

May 18, 2018

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was expected to testify Friday morning in a lawsuit accusing her of obstructing ballot initiatives in her role of approving the language of items being placed on the ballot. But as the hearing was getting underway, it was announced that the trail was being moved from state court to federal court.

It comes just days after Pulaski County Circuit Judge Griffen issued a strongly worded opinion ordering Mr. Rutledge to testify and not allowing her to defer it to a lower level staffer.

Arkansas Public Media’s Bobby Ampezzan was among reporters assembled at the Pulaski County Courthouse Friday morning and spoke with KUAR's Michael Hibblen about what happened. You can hear the full segment above.