Let there be light | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Let there be light

Posted By on Thu, Jan 25, 2007 at 10:37 AM

I don't have the Supreme Court decision yet, but I do have an e-mail from Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen saying the Arkansas Supreme Court has agreed with his argument that proceedings against him by the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission should be in public.

The commission is considering punishment of Griffen for speaking publicly on such issues as civil rights and the Bush administration's bungling of Hurricane Katrina relief. The decision was unanimous and written by Justice Robert Brown. Griffen said it was decided, not on First Amendment or due process grounds, but on Amendment 66 to the Arkansas Constitution, which established the disciplinary body.

The Supreme Court apparently decided the hearing should be open because Griffen had wavied confidentiality and the commissoin had offered no legitimate reason the proceeding in the specific case should be closed, except as a precedent for future cases. The commission has said it has no witnesses to produce who should be protected by confidentiality at the probable cause hearing. The opinion noted, too, that under Arkansas law the probable cause hearing could result in a minor punishment such as an admonishment, short of a formal charge that a judge can contest in an open hearing.

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016
  • Trump's strangulation of Obamacare

    If he can't kill it outright, Donald Trump will do all he can to cripple Obamacare. Vox has detailed reporting on deep cuts in federal spending that support nonprofit agencies that help people sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
    • Sep 18, 2017
  • In Little Rock, Marco Rubio sells American exceptionalism

    This is Rubio's axiomatic answer to Donald Trump's insistence that he and he alone will Make America Great Again: America is the greatest, always has been.
    • Feb 22, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation