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Judge Wendell Griffen of Little Rock; ethical leprechaun

 

The state of Arkansas presented Wendell Griffen with a law license in 1979 after he graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Law School.

 

It should be noted that in addition to being a so-called judge, Wendell also earns additional funds by practicing as a Baptist pastor.

 

The California State Bar Court found Eddie guilty of the following misconduct.

 

In one matter, Judge Griffen was assigned to hear a case wherein one or more death penalty defendants asked for a stay of their scheduled executions based on a claim by the drug’s distributor that said drugs risked imminent and irreparable harm and asked for an order prohibiting the state from using the death inducing drugs.

 

Shortly thereafter, Griffen granted the motion and halted the executions. However, after he made said order he went to a death penalty protest where he spent 90 minutes laying on a cot posing as a dead man “in solidarity with Jesus, the leader of our religion who was put to death crucifixion by the Roman Empire.”

 

Griffen determined the presented facts showed the drug’s distributor risked imminent and irreparable harm and had a legal claim likely enough to succeed to order the state not to use or dispose of the drug until a hearing. He then went to the protest, where for an hour-and-a-half he lay on a cot posing as a dead man “in solidarity with Jesus, the leader of our religion who was put to death by crucifixion by the Roman Empire.” (Bob Allen)

 

It was obvious to anyone with an I.Q. in the mid-90s or higher that Judge Griffen was strongly opposed to the death penalty, which is clearly his right. However, his oath of office demanded that he recuse (remove) himself from the death penalty case based on his religious beliefs.

 

Unfortunately, Griffen doesn’t much care about the oath of office he took and/or the laws of Arkansas. Put simply, Griffen told the good folks of Arkansas that pay his salary “Up yours!”

 

After Griffin’s outrageous conduct was exposed in the media, the Arkansas Supreme Court directed the Judicial Commission to investigate his conduct, which could lead to him being tossed off the bench. The Court also prohibited him from sitting on any future cases dealing with death penalty matters.

 

As we speak (ca. April 2017), Wendell continues to sit as a 6th Judicial Circuit Judge in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

 

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