Mike Laux, attorney for Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen in his lawsuit challenging Arkansas Supreme Court action against the judge following his ruling in a case over ownership of drugs used in executions, has responded succinctly to a Supreme Court announcement yesterday that five of the seven justices were contesting an ethical finding against them in the Griffen case:
“This is a desperate attempt to avoid accountability. The Court’s sua sponte order banning Judge Griffen from death penalty cases for perpetuity was obviously a disciplinary measure. This prompts questions. Are there no limits to the High Court’s authority? Is it omnipotent?”
It occurs to me, though I hate to say it, that a majority Supreme Court declaration that it is beyond the reach of ethical authorities is not a good look at this particular moment. The greatest argument against Issue One, the constitutional amendment to protect corporations from lawsuits, is its transfer of court power to the legislature. Voting begins next week.
UPDATE: Well never mind. Issue One is dead.