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Arkansas high court yanks judge who participated in protest off death cases

Judge facing ethics inquiry

By John Lynch , Emily Walkenhorst

This article was published April 18, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen lies on a cot outside the Governor’s Mansion during a protest against the death penalty Friday. Griffen, who issued a restraining order Friday in a lawsuit by the maker of one of the lethal drugs that would be used in the execution of Arkansas inmates, has come under heavy criticism from death-penalty proponents for taking part in the protest.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday stripped Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen of his authority to preside over any death penalty-related cases, three days after he participated in a protest of the state's plan to execute seven convicted killers by the end of this month.

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KCSAP says... April 18, 2017 at 9:49 a.m.

And people don't think the court is stacked with lefties and idiots?

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CarpeNoctis says... April 18, 2017 at 11:47 a.m.

So, he is obviously not breaking any oaths or statues, so why is the Supreme Court pulling his cases? He's already won this earlier, so why bother? Nothings changed as far as his 1st amendment rights. Ah, yes, the AG, who is extremely partisan, (pot meet kettle), and she just has to get her jollies by getting her killing spree. You can see the gleam in her eye when she thinks about it.

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jkc78 says... April 18, 2017 at 1:39 p.m.

It's called the judicial code of conduct Carpe.

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gohogs17 says... April 18, 2017 at 4:58 p.m.

It's about time somebody put this liberal, activist judge in his rightful place!

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Winfield says... April 18, 2017 at 5:35 p.m.

Resembling an idiot laying there on the cot should get him impeached. The courts have too many left wing activists in the court system to start with.....get him outta there.

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