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Friday, July 20, 2007

Griffen seeks justice

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2007 at 3:16 PM

Not finding much respect for the U.S. Constitution at the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, Appeals Court Judge Wendell Griffen has turned to the federal court. The commission had earlier refused his request that it and staff recuse from hearing his case because of bias.

He's sued in federal court for a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief over the commission's effort to punish him for his free speech on the likes of race discrimination, the war and compassionate treatment of homosexuals. None are issues that have been before him as a judge.

Here's the suit.

And here's a question: Why has the state Supreme Court dithered so long on a pending revision of judicial discipline procedures that would include a recognition in state rules of existing precedent that even judges have First Amendment rights.

 

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