LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas judge is again asking a disciplinary panel to dismiss a complaint concerning his participation in an anti-death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked the state from using an execution drug.

An attorney for Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Friday renewed a request that the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission drop the complaint. Griffen was photographed in April lying down on a cot outside the governor’s mansion after he blocked Arkansas from using a lethal injection drug over claims that the state misled a medical supply company.

The state Supreme Court later lifted that order and barred Griffen from hearing any execution related cases.

Griffen has said he was portraying Jesus and participating in a prayer vigil, and has said the complaint violates his constitutional rights.

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