LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Supreme Court is taking action against Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen.

The high court ruled early Monday afternoon that Judge Griffen be barred from hearing any death penalty, execution or drug protocol cases.

The decision follows Griffen’s protest Friday outside the Governor’s Mansion against the scheduled executions.

The action cited the Ark. Code Judicial Conduct, Preamble which states:
“Judges should maintain the dignity of judicial office at all times, and avoid both impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in their professional and personal lives. They should aspire at all times to conduct that ensures the greatest possible confidence in their independence, impartiality, integrity, and confidence.”

The court is also expected to rule Monday on a temporary restraining order (TRO) granted by Judge Griffen on Friday against the state of Arkansas, which halted the use of one drug in the three-drug lethal injection execution process.