LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It's an iconic image shared across the globe -- Judge Wendell Griffen laying on a gurney outside the Governor's Mansion just days before the first scheduled execution...
Now, after backlash, and some calling for his impeachment, Judge Griffen and his lawyers are speaking out -- saying he's suing the Arkansas Supreme Court and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
Judge Griffen's attorneys argue the proper notification of filings against him were not given.
When asked about what started it all, the protest, this is what his attorneys say:
"Judge Griffen's expressions of religion and speech he was fully entitled to make, not just as a citizen of the United States but also as a judge," Michael Laux, Judge Griffen's attorney, said.
Attorneys say Judge Griffen was simply exercising his free speech and religion.
They say the goal of this is to investigate the Attorney General's office and Arkansas Supreme Court, and to allow him to hear cases involving the death penalty.
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