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Griffen plays recording of Carpenter Farms hearing; says he was "following the law" in questioning attorney general counsel

On Tuesday morning, Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen replayed the audio recording of a Sept. 13, 2019 hearing for a challenge of refusal of a marijuana dispensary permit for Carpenter Farms in his courtroom at the Pulaski County Courthouse.
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Phantom rejection of filing in ethics case is latest Arkansas Supreme Court funny business

What's going on with the Arkanass Supreme Court's contest of the finding they'd violated ethics rules? Good question.
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Hutchinson names special justices for Supreme Court ethics case

Gov. Asa Hutchinson today announced the seven people he'd chosen to decide the Arkansas Supreme Court's contest of the finding that they'd violated ethics rules in action they took against Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen.

Womack citation completes ethics finding against all members of Arkansas Supreme Court. He goes to war with another judge. UPDATE

The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission announced today that an investigative panel had made the same adverse ethical findings against Supreme Court Justice Shawn Womack it had earlier issued against the six other justices.
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State Supreme Court reverses Griffen on marijuana growers, allowing commission's licensing awards to stand

The majority opinion cited separation of powers in its conclusion that Griffen erred, stating that the judicial branch should not take it upon itself to review "the day-to-day actions of the executive branch."

Arkansas legislators discover due process in the case of Jeremy Hutchinson

A number of Arkansas legislators told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette yesterday that Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson is entitled to due process of law concerning allegations that he effectively was bribed to represent Preferred Family Healthcare in the legislature.It is a consideration many of them have not wanted to extend to Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen for issuing rulings they don't like.
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Griffen seeks to dismiss judicial ethics complaint

As expected Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's attorneys have asked that judicial ethics charges brought against the judge last week be dismissed.

Panel finds cause for ethics charge against Judge Wendell Griffen

A panel of the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has found probable cause for an ethics charge against Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen arising from his participation in a death penalty demonstration the same day he decided a case related to a drug used in executions.
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Griffen holds DHS in contempt of court and enjoins emergency rule on home care hours

Another victory in court for the disabled plaintiffs suing the state over its use of an algorithm that they say cut their attendant care hours.

Judge Griffen temporarily halts DHS emergency rule on home care hours

The judge granted the temporary restraining order requested by seven disabled plaintiffs who are suing DHS over the agency's allocation of attendant care hours and scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, May 23 at 10 a.m.
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Wendell Griffen rules that Leslie Rutledge has to testify in challenge to her ballot-initiative blockade

Unless a last-minute reprieve comes in from the Supreme Court, Rutledge will have to explain herself in court on the subject of ballot initiatives on Friday. Get the popcorn.

Judge orders DHS to stop using algorithm for home care hours; DHS says services won't be disrupted

Griffen determined that DHS failed to comply with the state Administrative Procedures Act when it created a new, algorithm-based method of determining the number of home care hours received by each beneficiary. He also rejected a sovereign immunity defense.
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