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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.