Judge Asks Supreme Court to Open His Discipline Hearing

SEPTEMBER 12, 2006 - Posted at 4:30 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Appeals Court Judge Wendall Griffin has asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to order the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission to open a private hearing scheduled for Friday over complaints against Griffen.

Griffen says the commission has no legal basis for closing the hearing because he has waived his right for confidentiality in the proceedings.

Griffen filed papers saying that unless the high court orders the hearing be opened, he will be denied his right to a public hearing and to due process.

The hearing is set for 11 a.m. Friday.  On Monday, commission executive director James Badami said members of the commission chose to hold the hearing in private.

Griffen is being investigated by the commission for statements he made on Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, raising the minimum wage, and a nomination by President Bush for a U.S. Supreme Court seat.

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