On Sept. 28, members of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary, a body that provides oversight of judges in the state, met for some unusual proceedings: The state’s chief justice, Roy S. Moore, was on trial – for the second time.
As noted elsewhere in this issue, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended without pay from that court, an action that has the effect of removing him for good from the state judiciary.
Moore had previously been removed from the court in 2003 for defying a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Judicial Building in Montgomery. This time, he attempted to defy a federal court ruling making marriage equality legal in Alabama.
Good news from Alabama: Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended from the court without pay for the remainder of his term.
Technically, Moore has not been removed from office, but today’s decision by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary has that effect. He has been suspended for the rest of his term, and he can’t run again because Alabama law prohibits anyone older than 70 from being appointed to or elected to the bench. (Moore will turn 70 in February.)
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is rightly suspended without pay for the remainder of his term, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In a decision issued just one day after Moore’s ethics trial, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary punished the state’s top jurist for his attempts to undermine the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.
Alabama’s anti-gay chief justice, Roy Moore, was on trial before a state ethics board yesterday. He stands accused of instructing Alabama officials to defy the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision. Based on media reports, it seems the longtime foe of Americans United didn’t make a very strong case for keeping his job.
But before we get to that, here’s a recap of events leading up to this point:
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore will go on trial this month on charges that he violated judicial ethics.
The Alabama Court of the Judiciary, a state oversight body, issued a brief order last month denying Moore’s request to dismiss the charges against him. His trial is scheduled for Sept. 28, reported the news site Al.com.
Roy Moore can’t catch a break – nor should he.
U.S. District Court Judge W. Harold Albritton handed the embattled chief justice another blow yesterday, ruling that Moore can’t be reinstated to the Alabama Supreme Court while the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) tries him on six ethics charges. Moore, with the assistance of Liberty Counsel, had sued the JIC, arguing that the process violated his rights.
With any luck, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore will be removed from the state Supreme Court soon. Moore is under investigation by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary, an oversight body that examines allegations of ethics violations by judges.
Moore found himself in trouble earlier this year when he decided to issue a strange “administrative order” to probate judges in the state telling them not to issue marriages licenses to same-sex couples.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore filed a lawsuit against the state’s Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) in May after the oversight body announced that it would pursue ethics charges against him and suspended him from the bench.
Moore, who is represented by Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver, argues that the JIC has no legal authority over him.
“We are asking the federal court to strike down the automatic removal provision in the Alabama State Constitution and we are asking that Chief Justice Moore be immediately reinstated,” Staver told the Associated Press.
This Sunday will mark the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which brought marriage equality to the states in 2015.
Writing for the 5-4 majority in that case, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy explained that all people have a right to the dignity that marriage bestows on couples.