Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen said today that he’d belatedly learned Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office HAD sent
He said he’d found the notice in his office e-mail, sent Saturday, April 15, this week. He filed his complaint about failure to receive notice on April 26.
Griffen still has a complaint pending against the Arkansas Supreme Court for its action in removing him from all cases related to the death penalty and referring his conduct to the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.
Griffen was removed from a case filed by a drug supplier attempting to block
Griffen submitted an argument defending his actions in the drug case in a supplemental argument submitted to the Judicial Commission. It said in part:
The gravamen of the Commission’s complaint is the allegation that, because of Judge Griffen’s personal religious and moral views on the death penalty, he cannot rule impartially in death penalty cases. However, in the only death penalty case to come before Judge Griffen in recent months, Judge Griffen dismissed nine death row inmates’ complaint challenging the constitutionality of their method of execution and denied the inmates’ request for leave to amend, thereby allowing the executions to go forward.
He said the complaint filed against him was “nothing other than an attempt to intimidate and punish” Griffen for free speech. He said he had committed no act that violated the code of judicial conduct.