Arkansas Attorney General Seeks Protection From Deposition

Nov 4, 2015

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge in a file photo from August speaking at the state Capitol.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Attorney General has asked a federal judge to issue a protective order to prevent her from being deposed in a defamation lawsuit filed against the state treasurer.

The lawsuit against Treasurer Dennis Milligan and his chief of staff Jim Harris centers on the contents of an April email Harris wrote, saying that former outreach manager David Singer's mental state was unstable. In the request for protection filed Wednesday, the attorney general's office says it never saw or approved the email's release and that the deliberative process on Freedom of Information opinions is protected.

An attorney for Singer emailed the attorney general's office saying he wanted to depose Attorney General Leslie Rutledge over her input into the release of Singer's personnel documents and emails regarding his termination.