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Arkansas judge pulled from death penalty cases seeks probe

FILE - In this April 14, 2017, file photo provided by Sherry Simon, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, is shown on a cot at an anti-death penalty protest outside the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock, Ark. Griffen said Thursday, April 26, 2017, he was not given a chance to explain his actions before being removed from death penalty-related cases. He asked two state panels to investigate the attorney general’s office and the state Supreme Court over his removal. (Sherry Simon via AP, File)

FILE - In this April 14, 2017, file photo provided by Sherry Simon, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, is shown on a cot at an anti-death penalty protest outside the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock, Ark. Griffen said Thursday, April 26, 2017, he was not given a chance to explain his actions before being removed from death penalty-related cases. He asked two state panels to investigate the attorney general’s office and the state Supreme Court over his removal. (Sherry Simon via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

An Arkansas judge who blocked the state's executions the same day he participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration is asking two state panels to investigate the attorney general's office and the state Supreme Court for his removal from considering any capital punishment cases.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Wednesday accused Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and the court of violating ethics rules, saying neither gave him a chance to respond to efforts to disqualify him from death penalty cases in last week's order. Griffen issued an order blocking Arkansas from using a lethal injection drug, then was seen laying on a cot outside the governor's mansion during a death penalty protest.

The court lifted Griffen's order the same day it prohibited him from handling execution cases.