A high-profile judge has received a removal notice. The news just dropped and people are stunned — the attorney general did it. Politics has no place in the courtroom.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen — a known liberal serving in Pulaski County, Arkansas — is on the hot seat. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has requested that cases involving her attorneys be removed from Griffen’s jurisdiction.
In a petition filed on behalf of Rutledge’s office by Senior Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Merritt, she said, “Judge Griffen has for years exhibited a pattern and practice of injudicious conduct that establishes he lacks impartiality.”
Merritt continued by saying that Griffen also lacks the “judicial temperament” to effectively carry out his role, including “an ability to fairly adjudicate cases involving the Attorney General’s Office.”
This isn’t the first time that Griffen’s behavior has been called into question. In fact, back in 2017, Griffen staged an anti-death penalty protest in front of the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. Death penalty cases were then stripped from his court.
Now, as Merritt’s petition would attest, Griffen “regularly yells” at Rutledge’s attorneys — her office has clearly had enough of the judge’s posturing. The removal request came after a recent court exchange between Merritt and Griffen.
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