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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks to media at Trump Tower, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, under court order to answer questions about some of her decision-making practices, blocked Friday’s inquiry hearing at the last minute by transferring the case from state court to federal court.

Rutledge is being sued over the way she decides whether ballot initiatives can be brought before the public.

The suit filed earlier this month was brought by lawyers who accuse her of deliberately thwarting their efforts to get proposed constitutional amendments on casino gambling and sovereign immunity on the ballot for voters to decide.

The lawyers are also challenging the constitutionality of the state law that gives the attorney general the authority to review proposed laws and constitutional amendments before they can be submitted to voters for approval.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen had ordered the first-term Republican to submit to questioning under oath at a Friday hearing, but Rutledge moved the case to federal court about 90 minutes before the 10 a.m. proceeding.

Griffen stated that he only ordered her to submit to questioning because she had refused to cooperate in the pre-trial exchange-of-evidence process called discovery.

The venue change means that Rutledge’s lawyers now will have to persuade federal Judge Karen Baker that she should retain jurisdiction of the case at a hearing yet to be scheduled.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • YOUNGT104
    May 18, 2018 at 11:28 a.m.

    All of a sudden when she is about to get put on the spot, he turns to the Federal Judges in order to delay her having to answer questions. LOL what a joke she is...!!! Next week she is likely to be filing or joining a lawsuit about a decision or ruling a Federal Judge has made.

  • tweedyboy57
    May 18, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

    Vile - like most of the other Republican Deplorables who believe they know whats best for YOU Freedom only applies to Christian Whites dont ya know

  • dearlo
    May 18, 2018 at 2:21 p.m.

    Vote them out!

  • skeptic1
    May 18, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.

    Two major problems, one, under what authority does a circuit court judge order the state attorney general to submit to his questioning? The second, the state sovereignty issue is not so much important in regard to gambling, we have a state agency, DCFS, that is out of control to the point the DOJ should be instigating. Parents that have had their rights terminated for sham reason and children that have been abused in foster care have nowhere to go because the agency under the Arkansas Constitution is immune from suit. No state actor should be unaccountable.