Thursday, January 11, 2007

Judge Griffen And Expectations of Justice

Judge Wendell Griffen is up before the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission on charges he violated court rules by speaking critically of the Bush administration, including the war in Iraq, and other issues. Griffen wants the hearings to be open to the public. The commission wants it closed. Griffen maintains that he has a constitutional right to speak out on issues, so long as he does not discuss issues before his court.

Griffen gives an eloquent defence of his right to speak out, and right to an open hearing in this KUAR interview.

Though I often disagree with Griffen on what defines a "moral" position on issues, I cannot help but agree with his premise that judges have a constitutional right to speak out on issues, just like any other American. In fact, voters might have a better idea of what they were getting if judicial candidates did tell us how they felt about things. The way we do it now, we choose judges in elections, but it is not an informed choice because the "code of conduct" forbids them from comment on public issues.

Griffen expects to get justice in his case, and he argues his case from a perspective of what the constitution says about the law. In other words, he is getting preferential treatment compared to one Hollis Wayne Fincher.

Fincher is a sixty year old man with no criminal history who is about to be sent to federal prison because Judge Jimm Hendren will not allow Fincher to present any constitutional defense that matters to the jury in his "possession" of an automatic weapon case. Apparently, only when Judges themselves face court can they expect to have the protections "guaranteed" in our Constitution as a defense. The rest of us are at the mercy of a federal judge to decide if his employer acted within its Constitutional limits.


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

report from Fincher trial today from "ts"...

We are in Trouble!

The Wayne Fincher 2nd Amendment / Militia Federal trial got worse today!

People at the session today said it is all over unless the Lord moves in the jury!

The Judge would not allow any defensive evidence to be presented.
Wayne was only allowed to speak when the jury was sent out. He destroyed the Government attorney's questions but none of this was allowed before the jury.

Ex AR Gov Huckabee sent a letter to Government attorneys a few days ago disavowing any knowledge of any militia in the state of AR.
Even though the certified mail says his office recieved notification from Wayne in 2002.
This 1-6-07 letter was presented today without Wayne's attorney knowing about it.

An "expert" BATFE witness was asked if he knew anything about the 2nd amendment to which he said no.

To the jury tomorrow.

The judge would not allow any defense to be put up.
He would not allow Wayne to testify before the jury.

Our nation of constitutional law is gone!


8:19 PM, January 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Griffen is getting a bad deal. Don't Supreme Court Justices speak out on issues sometimes? I seem to remember Scalia talking about the war in Iraq and detainees rights to a jury trial (his son serves).

4:32 AM, January 14, 2007  

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