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Religious Objections Law Factor in Judge's Case (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/19/2017 7:16 am

Wendell Griffen spoke out against a religious objections measure critics called discriminatory when it was debated by the Arkansas Legislature. Now the Pulaski County circuit judge is relying on that same law as he fights for his job.

Facing Lawsuit, Procurement Chief Says There's No Appealing His Rulings in Protests

by Kyle Massey 6/12/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas Procurement Director Edward Armstrong's answer to being sued over a ruling that gave a fourth-place bidder a major state contract boils down to four words: His word is final. So far, the law seems to agree with him.

Officials Remove Themselves from Wendell Griffen Investigations

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/31/2017 6:54 am

The top two officials for a judicial ethics panel removed themselves from investigations involving Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen.

Impeachment Talk Expands Fight Over Arkansas Judge (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/8/2017 9:24 am

A potential effort by lawmakers to remove a judge from office has expanded it into an even more politically charged battle between the legislative and judicial branches.

Arkansas Fights on Multiple Legal Fronts to Begin Executions

by Kelley P. Kissel, The Associated Press 4/17/2017 6:53 am

Lawyers for the state of Arkansas faced fights on multiple legal fronts Monday to begin a series of double executions before a key sedative used in lethal injections expires at the end of the month.

Arkansas Asks Court to Block Order on Execution Drugs

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/31/2017 11:05 am

Arkansas prison officials have asked the state's highest court to stay a judge's order that they must disclose more information about one of the drugs they plan to use in the executions of eight men over a 10-day period in April.

Lawyer Wants Information About Drugs for Arkansas Executions

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 3/31/2017 7:47 am

A judge peeled back the veil on a part of Arkansas' highly secret execution procedure Thursday, saying prison officials must disclose more information about the lethal drugs they plan to use as part of an accelerated timetable of putting condemned inmates to death next month.

Judge Wendell Griffen Criticizes Law Enforcement at Public Forum

by Associated Press 8/2/2016 6:51 am

An outspoken Arkansas circuit court judge told a forum gathered Monday to discuss policing and the black community that there is systematic injustice in law enforcement.

Lawyers: Court Should Void Arkansas Execution Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/5/2016 6:54 am

Attorneys for death row inmates urged the Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday to toss the state's execution law, saying provisions that allow the state to withhold information about its lethal injection drugs are unconstitutional and therefore undermine the entire law.

Arkansas Judge Strikes Secrecy Portion of Execution Law

by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press 12/3/2015 3:01 pm

An Arkansas judge has struck down a portion of the state's law that keeps secret details about the drugs used in executions, saying Thursday that drug suppliers do not have a constitutional right to be free from criticism.

State Asks Arkansas Supreme Court to Toss Execution Delay

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 10/15/2015 7:01 am

The state has asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to dissolve a judge's order that temporarily blocks the upcoming executions of eight death-row inmates, saying the judge who issued the order overstepped his authority.

Judge Orders Arkansas to Disclose Source of Execution Drugs

by Claudia Lauer, Associated Press 10/12/2015 1:25 pm

A judge has ordered Arkansas to release information about its execution drug supplier to attorneys for death row inmates who are challenging the state's execution secrecy law.

Judge: Arkansas Must Recognize Last Year's Same-Sex Marriages

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/9/2015 4:14 pm

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen has ordered Arkansas officials to recognize over 500 same-sex marriages performed in the state last year, a move that will let the couples enjoy benefits such as filing taxes jointly. Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who has vowed to defend the state's gay marriage ban, did not say whether she would seek a stay of the ruling.

Judge Wendell Griffen to Rule Soon on Gay Marriages from Last Year

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/9/2015 6:58 am

A judge said Monday he'll decide in the next two days whether Arkansas should recognize more than 500 same-sex marriages that were performed in the state last year.

Court Tosses Most Contempt Fines Issued By Wendell Griffen Against Lawyer

by Associated Press 6/26/2014 12:36 pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court has tossed out nine of the 10 contempt violations a judge issued to an attorney who represented a former Little Rock police officer in a manslaughter trial over the shooting death of a teenager.

Gay Couples Marry in Little Rock; Attorney General Seeks Stay

by Christina Huynh, The Associated Press 5/12/2014 10:29 am

Dozens of gay couples, some of whom waited in line overnight, received licenses to marry from county clerks Monday, while lawyers for the state of Arkansas asked its highest court to suspend an order gutting a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage.

Pulaski County Judge Griffen Finds U.S. Attorney's Office in Contempt

by Gwen Moritz 11/1/2013 3:51 pm

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Friday found that the U.S. Attorney's Office in Little Rock was in contempt of court for failing to pay three private defense attorneys the fees he had ordered more than a year ago.

Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen Commands Federal Prosecutors to Explain Failure to Pay Sanctions

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/21/2013 12:00 am

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen has imposed sanctions on federal prosecutors in the criminal case against former USA Drug executive Garret Sorensen and ordered the government to pay $12,700 to the attorneys who represented Sorensen and his wife and sister-in-law, who were originally charged with him.

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