The complaint also alleges violations of the Procedural Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Further, it alleges a breach of the Arkansas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and civil conspiracy in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1985.Griffen lay on a cot, bound, outside the Governor's Mansion. It was widely interpreted as a representation of an Arkansas execution by lethal injection, though he has said since that he was depicting the Crucifixion. He demonstrated along with people protesting the death penalty outside the Governor's Mansion. His participation set off a firestorm. The Supreme Court removed him from death penalty cases. A Judicial Discipline Commission investigation of him is underway along with his counter-complaint against the Supreme Court. A number of legislators talked of — and even took some procedural steps toward — impeachment of Griffen.
Judge Griffen was severely and unfairly disciplined by the Arkansas Supreme Court after he attended a prayer vigil and gathering on Good Friday, April 14, 2017, at the Governor’s mansion. Earlier in the day, Judge Griffen granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) on behalf of McKesson, which alleged that the State of Arkansas had obtained drugs to be used in the upcoming inmate executions under false pretenses. As Judge Griffen has maintained all along, he followed the law in granting the TRO and no one–including the Arkansas SupremeCourt and the Judicial Disciplinary and Disability Commission–has explained how he did not follow the law, or what he should have done differently.