Arkansas Court Won't Reconsider Judge's Bid To Handle Execution Cases

Oct 17, 2019

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen taking part in an anti-death penalty demonstration in front of the Arkansas Governor's Mansion in April 2017.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Supreme Court says it won't reconsider a request by a judge who demonstrated against the death penalty to resume hearing execution cases.

Justices on Thursday denied Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's request that the court take another look at its Sept. 19 ruling that the judge is still barred from handling execution cases. Griffen was disqualified from execution cases in April 2017 after he was photographed at a demonstration the same day he blocked Arkansas from using a lethal injection drug.

Griffen had argued the court was mistaken in viewing his request as a petition from rehearing from its 2017 order. He said the court didn't grant him a hearing before it prohibited him from execution cases.