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Filing: Ethics charges an attack on Arkansas judge's religious rights

By John Lynch

This article was published June 12, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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This photo provided by Sherry Simon shows Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen taking part of an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the Governor's Mansion Friday, April 14, 2017 in Little Rock.

Ethics charges brought by judicial regulators against Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen are a politically motivated attack on his religious freedoms that should not be allowed to stand, the judge's lawyers stated Monday.

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RBear says... June 12, 2018 at 6:15 a.m.

You go, Judge Griffen. If the religious right wingers are going to throw attacks on religious rights around like candy, why shouldn't you? I love seeing this twist in the plot. We'll see how broad religious rights really are and it will set some good case law for the future.

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LRAttorneyCrime says... June 12, 2018 at 8:06 a.m.

RBear...the problem is you can waive just about anything. A defendant can sign a waiver to have attorney present and the list goes on. Judge Griffen took an oath and that oath does not allow him to do this. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, though.

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Razrbak says... June 12, 2018 at 8:14 a.m.

Neither Laux nor Matthews hold a license to practice law in the State of Arkansas.

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skeptic1 says... June 12, 2018 at 8:33 a.m.

Rbear...once again your mouth overshoots the facts. This judge has knowingly violated the Canons all other judges follow. Those Canons state that a judge may not publicly engage in partisan political activities as this judge has done from the time he took the bench. This is not the first time he has used his role as a judge and a minister to push his own agenda. The complaint filed against Griffen has NOTHING to do with his religious beliefs, it has to do with him violating the oath he took.

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mrcharles says... June 12, 2018 at 9:19 a.m.

rbear one of your better explanations. As you can see the use of religiion can be a real thorn in modern times when magic is no longer necessary, but is used by the right to get their way, which being divines they believe the voices in their head come from Mt wherever. The use however is reserved to whites, as others are different.

there was a trial involving the KKK and an FBI infiltrator into the group, the FBI infiltrator was asked a question by the lawyer for the KKK [ a white fraternal organization of protestants] "Did you not take an oath before god?". Knowing the jury of good ole christians would find that like Jephthah once you give your oath you must live by it no matter what the results are.

Yet rbear you know his days are numbered by being black and outspoken against the trumpetts and the deity system kind like rapter man, that will not be allowed in Arkansas. Go to harrison and just set in a coffee shop and listen to the MM type crowd. Sad commentary by talking primates.

by the way the defense of " well I know a black" will not work. I know plenty papist and those of the luther heretics [ what a anti-semtic he was ], so back at you.

I refer all to read about that Scalia guy, he was outspoken about his personal views, and was involved in extreme partisan participation, but of course being white papist [ most of USA got over the pope ruled merican papist] he was predisposed to right wing rulings and made his feelings well known instead of following the law. .

He will be chastised by a den of vipers.

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KnuckleBall says... June 12, 2018 at 11:18 a.m.

I don't care for the Judge, but he does have a point. And Religious Rights it seems is a two sided Sword... All of us old timers have heard in the past where a preacher preaching a sermon that only his religion was going to heaven the others were all sinners. It seems those days are not gone but alive and well in the Great State of Arkansas.... will be interesting to see how this plays out...

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RBear says... June 12, 2018 at 11:29 a.m.

skeptic once again you show your ignorance. We'll see how it plays out. I think you really miss the point Griffen is making, which you often do. Griffen is pointing out how absurd religious freedom positions are. Are you saying the KY county clerk is any different? Granted, this is a stretch case but it'll be fun to watch.

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GOHOGS19 says... June 12, 2018 at 12:44 p.m.

weak argument as usual from Juddge Griffen. If he was not a judge none of this would be an issue. when you take the oath you accept certain conditions, one important being avoiding conflicts of interest or the appearance of those conflicts. It's very simple.

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Jfish says... June 12, 2018 at 1:28 p.m.

Exactly skeptic and GOHOGS, you cannot have your cake and eat it too as a judge. I wonder how much money Griffen has cost the taxpayers over the years with his personal agenda?

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