According to AP reports, five of the Supreme Court justices have filed a lawsuit to challenge ethics charges filed by the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission over the court’s handling of Griffen’s case.
As previously reported in AMP, the state Supreme Court removed Griffen from hearing death penalty cases after he protested executions by lying on a cot outside the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock. In April 2017, Griffen also prevented the state from using a lethal injection drug.
All of the justices on the court have been charged by the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. The disciplinary panel originally filed ethics charges against only six justices – Chief Justice Dan Kemp and Justices Karen Baker, Courtney Goodson, Jo Hart, Rhonda Wood and Robin Wynne. Charges were later filed against Justice Shawn Womack.
After the justices had charges filed against them, they were given 30 days to respond.
The lawsuit to challenge the ethics charges has been filed by Kemp, Baker, Hart, Wood and Womack, according to the AP. However, Goodson and Wynne are not parties to the lawsuit.
Griffen has also been received ethic charges as a result of his death penalty demonstration.