Judge Barred From Executions Cases Seeks Justices’ Recusal
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen filed the petition Wednesday with the state Supreme Court, which prohibited him from handling execution cases after he was photographed lying on a cot outside the governor’s mansion during the demonstration in April 2017. A disciplinary panel last month dismissed an ethics case against Griffen over the demonstration, and Griffen has asked the court to allow him to preside over execution cases again.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson would have to appoint special justices to preside over Griffen’s case if the justices recuse themselves.