Ark. legislators react to Judge Griffen's protest, court ruling

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the executions only three days away, the court rulings and social media reactions are coming in at a fever pitch, including from some notable Arkansas politicians.

Friday night, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen issued a temporary restraining order against the state of Arkansas after McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc. said the Arkansas Department of Correction misled them about how the state would use their drug, vecuronium bromide.

The temporary restraining order says that Arkansas must return 10 vials of 20mg vecuronium bromide back to McKesson.

But, politicians such as U.S. Senator Tom Cotton have called into question Griffen's ability to be impartial after joining a protest against the death penalty outside the Governor's Mansion.

 

Judge Wendell Griffen has joined the #deathpenalty protest at the Governor's Mansion, simulating an inmate being executing. pic.twitter.com/XfB9SuXK3C

— THV11 (@THV11) April 14, 2017

 

"Who thinks he's impartial and fair in death penalty cases," Cotton tweeted.

Other politicians in the state have gone so far as to call for the judge's impeachment. State Representative Bob Ballinger tweeted saying Arkansas judges can be "impeached and convicted" by a 2/3 majority in the House of Representatives. He also said judges can be removed by the governor for "good cause."


"What other judge would get away with this kind of display on the same they made a 'ruling,'" questioned State Senator Jason Rapert. "It's a mockery of justice."

Rapert also tweeted that legislators were discussing the impeachment of Judge Griffen for "his repeated breach of judicial ethics."

As of now, the temporary restraining order by Griffen is still valid and it effectively blocks the executions that are set to being on Monday.

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