The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has set a hearing at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, on motions in the discipline case against Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen.

The commission has found probable cause Griffen violated ethical standards by taking part in demonstrations against the death penalty while hearing a case over rights to drugs used in Arkansas executions.


Griffen has filed several motions in the case, including a request to compel production of communications by commission staff, the Supreme Court, the attorney general, the governor and others about the matter. He’s been refused the material.

Griffen’s lawyer and the special counsel for his case have been given 20 minutes each to argue the case.