A judge or another public individual sworn under oath is bound to respect, follow and enforce the laws regardless of their personal view. This is why Judge Wendell Griffen from Pulaski Country was removed from her duties after she protested by lying down in front of the Governor’s Mansion on a cot. Judge Griffen was apparently protesting against the death penalty in Arkansas.

The incident occurred when Griffen issued a restraining order in a lawsuit filed by McKesson Medical-Surgical, manufacturer of one of the three lethal drugs that should be used in the execution of Arkansas inmates (Vecuronium Bromide). However, in doing so, the judge crossed the line. Instead of sticking to his “duty bound”, he became a political activist, which is why the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission determined that he violated judicial conduct rules. The temporary restraining order prevented the state to execute condemned inmates on Monday. The death penalty has become a painful political issue in recent years and has come under fire by political activists in recent months.

Judge Griffen’s act seriously damages his outstanding career, and calls into question whether he should remain on his position. “To protect the integrity of the judicial system this court has a duty to ensure that all are given a fair and impartial tribunal,” the order from the Supreme Court said. “We find it necessary to immediately re-assign all cases in the Fifth Division that involve the death penalty or the state’s execution protocol, whether civil or criminal.”

Griffen was interviewed by the AP on Saturday and acknowledged that he is opposed to the idea of death penalty. However, he also stated that he should not be disqualified from hearing certain cases. He gave absolutely no remarks about his protest, which is certainly something that needs to be addressed right away.

Share your opinion with us – should judge Griffen be allowed to protest against the death penalty?

Source: usherald.com

http://realnewslife.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Screen-Shot-2017-04-18-at-3.54.20-PM.jpghttp://realnewslife.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Screen-Shot-2017-04-18-at-3.54.20-PM-150x150.jpgGeorge JamesNews
A judge or another public individual sworn under oath is bound to respect, follow and enforce the laws regardless of their personal view. This is why Judge Wendell Griffen from Pulaski Country was removed from her duties after she protested by lying down in front of the Governor’s Mansion...