To make his actions all the more repugnant, alleged Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen attended the rally on the very day he stayed the executions based on his ideology rather than the law. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court and has also requested that Griffen be removed from the case because he didn’t recuse himself due to the conflict of interest.
Rutledge on Saturday filed an emergency petition with the state Supreme Court after Griffen granted a temporary restraining order blocking the drug’s use.
A supplier of the drug accused Arkansas of misleadingly obtaining the product, saying it wasn’t sold to be used for executions.
Rutledge’s office noted Griffen’s attendance at an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the Governor’s Mansion the same day he issued the order.