Prosecutors stress cooperation across state lines

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. “I welcomed the opportunity to meet with my fellow prosecutors,” said Smith. “We 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.”“[We] discussed prosecutorial cooperation, coordinated prosecutions, resource sharing and other matters in the furtherance of justice,” said Shue. “Subjects covered included extraditions, interstate subpoenas, major investigations of common concern, probation revocation requests and other matters.”Smith said the next meeting between the prosecutors will be held in Poteau in September.