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Jonesboro, AR--Ron Smiley reports

Justice Looks to Be Chief

Judge Wendell Griffen announced his election campaign this afternoon in downtown Jonesboro.  The Justice has served in a judicial capacity since 1996.

Justice Griffen says he wants to bring the Arkansas Judicial System to the 21st century.  Citing paper briefs and other time consuming restraints still being used in the state.  Other states have implemented digital briefs and rulings making it easy to transfer and move legal information.  He also says many state judges lack any help, something which he compares to a doctor without nurses.

Judge Griffen is a native Arkansan.  He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1973.  Since then he has become the first man of color to join a major Arkansas law firm.  Along with being the first African American to gain partnership in a law firm as well.

If elected to the state's highest judicial position, he would be the first man of color to achieve the position.   

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