Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to impose stricter ethics standards in judicial raceS and counter a legislative amendment to severely limit damage lawsuits.
The proposal came from Scott Trotter, the Little Rock lawyer who authored a proposed constitutional amendment recently considered for support by the Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates. That group fell narrowly short of the 75 percent vote required for official endorsement. That meant the Association itself couldn’t throw its weight and membership behind the effort, but Trotter said at the time he intended to continue to pursue the idea and hoped to form an ad hoc committee to push the amendment to the ballot by a volunteer petition-gathering process.
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Rutledge said the popular name was misleading for Trotter to write that juries had the right to set damages
Rutledge’s opinion delved more deeply into her perception of shortcomings in virtually all of Trotter’s specific proposals, so many that she said she was unable to suggest corrective language.
The odds of Rutledge approving an amendment for the ballot that contravenes the desires of the Republican majority legislature and limits its recently expanded powers in any way seem long from here.