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Played crucified Jesus during death-penalty protest outside Arkansas Governor's Mansion, judge says

Griffen: Ruling about property ownership, not death penalty

By Debra Hale-Shelton

This article was published April 20, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, shown protesting at the Governor’s Mansion in April, said on his blog that he was portraying a crucified Jesus and that his hat covered “a black leather bound King James Version of the Bible, the book that my parents taught me to read and love as a child.”

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen said Wednesday that he was portraying a crucified Jesus on Good Friday as he lay strapped on a cot during a death-penalty protest outside the Governor's Mansion.

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jaywills says... April 20, 2017 at 7:13 a.m.

"Really, who ya gonna believe, me or your lyin' eyes?"

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smmlv3 says... April 20, 2017 at 7:18 a.m.

The media should keep the cameras off individuals who are embarrassing their profession, their race, their church and their state. Some day, if Mr. Griffin undergoes psychiatric treatment, he may, become lucid enough to be ashamed of his attention-seeking, childish behavior.

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libertas2u says... April 20, 2017 at 8:34 a.m.

The judiciary in this state is part of the problem, they are leaving incredibly bad judges in place because it would be "politically" difficult to remove them. It is hypocritical and cynical of the judiciary to express outrage over this incident when they ignore really egregious complaints about other judges, two in particular in the sixth district. They ignore bad judges because it would be "politically" uncomfortable to remove them and the public continues to be victimized by them.

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bones0145 says... April 20, 2017 at 10:09 a.m.

To call this 'playing crucified Jesus' is a mockery that Mr. Griffen will have to answer for before the Supreme Judge one day, as we all will.

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Packman says... April 20, 2017 at 10:31 a.m.

Never realized Jesus was crucified on a $6.99 Dollar Store cot.

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TedStryker says... April 20, 2017 at 12:25 p.m.

The included photo clearly shows this to be a Good Friday celebration, and not an anti death penalty protest, doesn't it????

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mrcharles says... April 20, 2017 at 12:57 p.m.

I too am outraged over this action and this photo. A learned man, with a law degree, former partner to large prestigious law firm. A man who , not being perfect, decided to believe in the man from over there in the desert. Some say thats good and some say it aint.

Well, I say, clearly very intelligent men can be believers of some variation of this ancient story and dogma, for example Francis Collins of the human genome project. My outrage is over WG's use of the KJV bible, as young children may hear this and get confused and have a distorted view of the real one true correct inspired bible. As we all know the KJV has an interesting history , involving people who were strangled and then burnt at the stake [ shhhh dont tell ark legislature this christian idea of chastisement!], and of the so called educated man wanting to do a greek manuscript version of this disputed collection of ancient stuff. Anyway as we all know the manuscripts used were of the , well to be honest and to not get you off track, very poor manuscript types. Some were here and some were there and everywhere except older, more quality manuscripts. Later when non-biased studies were undertaken it was noted by most scholars that though very well written from the concept of a literary achievement, as a holy book of holy scripture written in holy ways by holy men to be used for holy followers on holy and regular days of the week, it really is not that accurate of the authors.. that dispute on authors is just too long to go into.

I say shame on him , but not sure this violates judicial ethics like something Scalia would do or christian judges do when they rule on those who have the divine right and divine answers denied to most of you.

I do note the ususal racism of many commentators here is missing. Perhaps the veil over their eyes missed the point of WG's color. As we all know , color makes the man said many of southern men of leadership.

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LR1955 says... April 20, 2017 at 3:04 p.m.

^^^mansplaining^^^

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Slak says... April 20, 2017 at 5:15 p.m.

Perhaps folks are beginning to grasp the fact cultural issues are more important than breed issues, mrcharles.
A southern man would not declare the Basset superior to the Beagle, the Hereford superior to the Angus or the Plymouth Rock superior to the Rhode Island Red. But he would declare politeness more important than expediency, work more important than hanging out on the street and his baby's momma more important then anything.

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gohogs17 says... April 20, 2017 at 5:56 p.m.

If anyone believes any of his gibberish I have some land just EAST of Bermuda I'll sell you......cheap!

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