Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who already has a highly visible presence in radio and TV advertising of nominal public service announcements meant to advance her profile, is now adding podcasting to the mix.

She’s chosen the popular true crime genre, apparently. Her release:

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today launched her new podcast, Justice with Rutledge, with special guest Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. Their discussion highlights Governor Hutchinson’s fight for justice against the anti-government white supremacist group The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord. Rutledge’s weekly podcast series will host various well-known guests exploring a variety of criminal cases with Arkansas roots and discussing the ultimate fight for justice.

“Crime happens in our backyards and justice is served in our courthouses,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These are real stories about our neighbors based on Arkansas facts not Hollywood fiction.”

The first episode of Justice with Rutledge begins with Attorney General Rutledge sitting down with Governor Hutchinson to discuss some of his most extraordinary fights as one of the youngest appointed United States Attorneys. Governor Hutchinson also reflects on his historical account of events from his time as Congressman from the Third District of Arkansas and Undersecretary of Homeland Security.

This Justice with Rutledge podcast can be found on Spotify and iTunes where listeners can subscribe for updates to the weekly series. For more information on the podcasts or other programs offered by the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office call 800-482-8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov.

First question: How much is her office spending in public money on raising the profile of Rutledge, a possible candidate for governor — or something — in 2022.

Here’s a true-crime podcast suggestion: The story of grandpap Leslie Rutledge, who killed one neighbor and wounded another in a long-running hill country feud in 1952. He was sentenced to five years in prison and served as a longline rider guard, but had his sentence commuted by Orval Faubus. Details here from Ernest Dumas.

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