Practicing in a community that borders another state is a cause for investigators and prosecutors to work hand-in-hand with out-of-state agencies.
In an effort to increase communication and working relationships across the invisible boundaries, the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council and the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association began joint conference meetings a few years ago. On Monday, prosecutors gathered in Fort Smith, Ark., to continue the growing trend of working hand-in-hand with cases that span both sides of the border.
LeFlore County District Attorney Jeff Smith met with Brian Kuester, district attorney for the 27th Oklahoma District; Marc McCune, prosecuting attorney for the 21st Judicial District in Arkansas as well as Daniel Shue, Arkansas 21st District prosecuting attorney.
â€śI welcomed the opportunity to meet with my fellow prosecutors,â€ť said Smith. â€śWe are attempting to open the lines of communication and cooperation in order to more effectively serve the citizens in our respective districts on both sides of the border.â€ť
â€ś[We] discussed prosecutorial cooperation, coordinated prosecutions, resource sharing and other matters in the furtherance of justice,â€ť said Shue. â€śSubjects covered included extraditions, interstate subpoenas, major investigations of common concern, probation revocation requests and other matters.â€ť
Smith said the next meeting between the prosecutors will be held in Poteau in September.