Demand Charges Against Wendell Griffen Be Dropped
Whereas, the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution applies to all Americans, the citizens of Arkansas demand constitutional law be upheld. Amendment I of the Bill of Rights states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Arkansas Appeals Court Justice Wendell L. Griffen exercised his 1st Amendment Rights regarding his religious beliefs and spoke freely regarding matters not forthcoming before the court. As a result, Judge Griffen has been censored, reprimanded and persecuted for doing so. Charges were filed against him by Director James Badami and the Arkansas Judicial and Disability Commission for misconduct in violation of constitutional law. The commission's counsel attested that no witnesses will testify that Judge Griffen said or did anything to violate any provision of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Sitting judges are not exempt from the right to exercise their religious beliefs, nor are they subject to the abridgment of their freedom of speech in the United States of America, a free society. We, the people, demand the AR Judicial and Disciplinary Commission uphold the letter of the highest law of the land. Therefore, we the undersigned, we the people of Arkansas, do hereby petition and demand that Director James Badami and the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission drop the charges against Arkansas Appeals Court Justice Wendell L. Griffen. We demand the charges against Judge Griffen be dropped immediately on the grounds that they are un-Constitutional.