The Arkansas Supreme Court today refused to reconsider its order removing Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen from all cases related to the death penalty.
The Supreme Court removed Griffen in April 2017 and instituted an ethics complaint against him for participating in a death penalty protest with church members the same day he’d ruled against the state and for a drug company seeking to reclaim drugs the state intended to use for an execution. The drug company claimed the drugs were illicitly obtained for a use not approved by the manufacturer. Griffen’s decision delayed scheduled executions.
Griffen had previously been denied a rehearing of the decision. But he subsequently filed an original action in an attempt to get a full hearing on the matter. He noted that the Court acted in 2017 without a hearing.
It dealt with Griffen’s motion today briefly and without comment. It said his “petition for reconsideration” was denied. Justice Jo Hart did not participate.