Judge Again Asks Complaint Over Death Penalty Demonstration Be Dropped

Sep 30, 2017

File photo of Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's protest in front of the Arkansas Governor's Mansion in April 2017.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

An Arkansas judge is again asking a disciplinary panel to dismiss a complaint concerning his participation in an anti-death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked the state from using an execution drug.

An attorney for Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Friday renewed a request that the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission drop the complaint. Griffen was photographed in April lying down on a cot outside the governor's mansion after he blocked Arkansas from using a lethal injection drug over claims that the state misled a medical supply company.

The state Supreme Court later lifted that order and barred Griffen from hearing any execution related cases.

Griffen has said he was portraying Jesus and participating in a prayer vigil, and has said the complaint violates his constitutional rights.