Alabama Supreme Court upholds Chief Roy Moore's suspension

Alabama Supreme Court upholds Chief Roy Moore's suspension

Hate group leader Mat Staver writes: Today, the Special Court of retired judges, sitting as the Alabama Supreme Court, issued its decision affirming the Court of the Judiciary's (COJ) September 30, 2016, opinion imposing a lifetime suspension for Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Prosecutors with the JIC said Moore's in his order urged probate judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in 2015 that declared gay marriage legal nationwide and halt their issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. When asked if he will add his name to the list of Republicans running for governor in 2018, or U.S. Senate this year, he said he will announce his plans for the future next week after discussions with his family.

"In so doing, this Court notes that, although only a majority of the Court of Judiciary agreed that removal from office was the appropriate sanction in this case, the Court of the Judiciary unanimously suspended Chief Justice Moore for the remainder of his term", the ruling read.

Moore and his attorney, who again Wednesday called the ruling illegal, have long slammed the unanimous decision of the ACJ and blamed "radical homosexual and transgender groups" for getting him suspended.

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary, the panel that disciplines judges, ruled in September that Moore violated judicial ethics by urging judges to defy clearly established law as well as the direct federal court order.

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"Despite Chief Justice Moore's including qualifying language in his administrative order, there is no question that he concluded that Obergefell had no effect and that he correspondingly ordered and directed that the 'probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act, '" the panel wrote. Seven judges chosen at random served on the special court that heard his appeal.

Moore's term is to end in 2019, but because of his age, 69, he can not run for the office again. "Mere human judges have no authority to say otherwise". He got what he deserved.

The Court of the Judiciary discharged Moore as chief justice once before - in 2003, for his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state Supreme Court building. Moore had argued he was just updating the judges on an ongoing case in Alabama regarding same-sex marriage licenses. "We'll all be better off without the Ayatollah of Alabama", Cohen said.

The charges against Moore centered on a memo he sent state probate judges on January 6, 2016, six months after the highest court in the nation ruled that gays and lesbians have a fundamental right to marry. But voters returned Moore to the office in 2012. Former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange was appointed to replace Sessions temporarily, and a special election for the seat will be held December 12.

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