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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Oct 19, 2018

Five Arkansas Supreme Court justices are challenging efforts to sanction them over the court’s decision to prohibit a judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration from hearing any execution-related cases, The Associated Press reports. The justices filed a lawsuit with their court challenging the charges related to the decision to disqualify a circuit judge from handling any death penalty cases. Justices disqualified Judge Wendell Griffen last year, days after he was photographed on a cot outside the governor’s mansion last year wearing an anti-death penalty button and surrounded by people holding signs opposing executions. An attorney for the justices said all seven members of the court would recuse from hearing the lawsuit. Gov. Asa Hutchinson will have to name special justices to hear the case.