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Arkansas lawmaker pushes to impeach Pulaski County judge after death-penalty protest

By Brian Fanney

This article was published May 2, 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.”

On the first day of a special session called to deal with health care, a state senator on Monday repeated his call for the House to impeach a Pulaski County circuit judge who participated in a recent death-penalty protest.

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Pearl1988 says... May 2, 2017 at 9:26 a.m.

Impeach him! He is too racial & biased to serve as a judge!

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KnuckleBall says... May 2, 2017 at 9:42 a.m.

Like him or not, he is exercising his First Amendment rights .....!!!!!
Just like everyone does when they post their thoughts on an article on this site.

The Lunacy Crew in the State House and in Washington would love nothing better than to stop Free Speech....!!!!!

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NoUserName says... May 2, 2017 at 10:49 a.m.

He certainly is exercising his First Amendment rights. However, judges are, I believe, required to avoid the appearance of bias. Given what I've read in his blog, and this particular incident, Griffen has failed that time and time again. He should be off the bench.

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mrcharles says... May 2, 2017 at 10:55 a.m.

I say we go back to law during the crusades . Trial by combat, but being delicate 21st century beings [ of course that does not apply to the duly elected witch hunters, aka Arkansas legislators ] instead trial by IQ. Legislators can pick their champion and the game can begin. Though being one sided in favor of WG, it may be cruel and unusual punishment to the champion of the inquisition .

It does sadden me to think a brilliant man falls for that sky in the sky stuff.

Yeah, pearl, your duly elected legislature is to racial and biased to serve as doing what is best for Arkansas instead of the pious elite.

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RBear says... May 2, 2017 at 11:44 a.m.

While I question the judgement of Griffen when he protested, this is not an impeachable offense. This is just a Republican senator showboating to get some attention. Garner's record was pretty lackluster this past session and was hammered on some of his 2nd Amendment bills, including the concealed carry without a license. The bill never made it out of committee. The guy sponsored a grand total of 8 bills during the last session.

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gohogs17 says... May 2, 2017 at 3:39 p.m.

Why do progressives wail against everyone expressing their opinions and yet when they do it they're exercising their first amendment rights? They only support the Constitution when it's convenient for them. What jerks!

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RBear says... May 2, 2017 at 3:42 p.m.

gohogs, I'm trying to understand what your point is? Do you consider this an impeachable offense? If so, on what grounds?

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BirdDogsRock says... May 2, 2017 at 4:21 p.m.

I don't know if Judge Griffen's protest is an impeachable offense, I'm guessing it is not. Nonetheless, his stock is declining with such behavior, even if he does this on his personal time, for his behavior undermines any public perception of objectivity and impartiality. Maybe he can leave his personal opinions at home, maybe not, but it is not unreasonable to question his ability to be impartial on the bench. I'd give the Judge the same advice I'd offer to Trump about tweeting: cut it out.

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HarleyOwner says... May 2, 2017 at 5:09 p.m.

How could anyone trust him to make a fair unbiased decision on anything?

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RBear says... May 2, 2017 at 6:13 p.m.

HarleyOwner, if you're asking that question you probably need to look at the makeup of the Arkansas Supremes. A lot of questions after this last election. I trust Griffen's judicial judgement. It just wasn't a wise move to protest like he did.

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