ALABAMA: SPLC Updates Complaint That Roy Moore Has Violated Judicial Ethics

AL.com reports:

In its filing today, SPLC says Moore has committed new ethics violations by improperly commenting on pending or impending cases in numerous speeches and interviews; by suggesting that Supreme Court precedent need not be followed; and by announcing that he would recuse himself from cases rather than apply precedents with which he disagreed. The SPLC also contends Moore’s continued association with the Foundation for Moral Law also violates the Alabama Canon of Judicial Ethics. Moore’s wife, Kayla, services as the president of the legal services organization; Moore is listed as president emeritus.

“Justice Moore has been removed from office for unethical actions once before, but it’s clear that he hasn’t learned his lesson,” SPLC President Richard Cohen said in a statement. “It’s obviously unethical for him to urge defiance of a United States Supreme Court ruling. He needs to understand that he is a judge, not a preacher.” The SPLC complaint states that in a July 7 interview with political activist Randall Terry, Moore indicated that he was in “active” conflict with the federal judiciary over its “horrendous opinion” in the same-sex marriage case and was fighting the same-sex ruling with briefs and speeches.

The SPLC’s original complaint, filed in January, contends that Moore is “encouraging lawlessness by attempting to assemble state officials and judges to oppose the federal court system.”

  • bkmn

    If the Alabama Bar Association doesn’t disbar him they should be shut down themselves. Nothing he has done in the last year (plus) is consistent with the way a lawyer or judge is supposed to behave.

    • Lakeview Bob

      Exactly

  • BoringLawyer

    And this is why we shouldn’t let slack-jawed yokels elect judges. He may be removed again, but Uncle Cletus will put him right back on the bench. For Jesus.

  • JT

    What about his obstructionism against the SCOTUS same sex marriage ruling? That is enough in itself.

    It’s about time this yokel should be punished.

    • RoFaWh

      Send him to Guantanamo.

  • John Ruff

    Take him down SPLC!!!!! Take that f&cker down!

  • another_steve

    Wow. This guy is a real thug.

    I can’t imagine what it’s like for the many good people of Alabama — gay and straight — to live in the same state as he does and to be paying his salary, no less.

    Sympathy to all those good Alabamians.

    Sympathy.

    • Strepsi

      Seriously, he’s an elected judge, and reading the comments over at AL.com there is clearly a problem with Alabama’s electorate. The commets are basically 1:1 ratio of normal person : to : crazy insane bible-thumping conservative violently lashing out at liberals.

      One comment was something like “We need need people like Moore to protect us from the others taking us down the wrong stream” — OTHERS? — you mean like gay, tax paying Alabamian families who just want equality with these other screeching Alabama trash?

      • KQCA

        I just perused al.com and ….wow, you’re right. I feel for the LGBT people in that state. It’s a wake up call that our work is far from over, that we must keep supporting efforts to lock in and enforce laws governing equal rights for LGBTs. I have to wonder how many assaults on LGBTs go unreported or unprosecuted in Alabama.

        • What I find interesting is how any topic that ignites the far right xtians is how many of the comments go completely off topic to abortion.

          • Do they mention Benghazi?

          • I couldn’t stand wading thru the filth pool for long, so I don’t know, sorry.

          • KQCA

            I noticed that too! It goes…equal rights –> abortion –> [insert insulting slang intended to umbrella Democrats, liberals, and communists] –> Pres. Obama –> terrorists –> all is lost –> take some retaliatory action because prayer does nothing and God hasn’t lifted a finger to do our bidding.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2b4e23ed1f705ae327eb1261b2c5ab4c37334e1323b8373b871791d7ed85d6cf.jpg

          • Yep! Oh, you forgot: birth control, common core standards and women bowing to the supremacy of the male, and modesty of women. Because we men need to keep these women folk down, so us’n men can handle the world without their butting in.

  • Queequeg

    He should be disbarred, but we are talking about Alabama, so that won’t happen.

  • People4Humanity

    Heya, chief justice baby ~ How is that errant son of yours, Caleb?
    Will your wife’s Foundation for Moral Law help him out with his morals?

    • People4Humanity

      … and why does he hug on cute boys?
      Poontang?

      • JT

        Ping!

  • Michael Rush

    SPLC = Southern Poverty Law Center
    i know you knew that .

  • Strepsi

    Yeahhh, go SPLC, throw the book at him! That Dominionist piece of trash is an enemy of democracy, I hope he gets disbarred.

    http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdm6omzmDE1qd6qqeo1_500.gif

  • oikos
    • Strepsi

      I don’t know who he is, but I love that guy!

  • Ninja0980

    Roy Moore is the best example of why judges shouldn’t be elected.
    This man doesn’t give a damn about the law, he only cares about using his power as a judge to impose his religious beliefs on everyone else.
    Remove him from the bench and disbar him.

  • Mark

    I hope they force this fucker out in a wheel barrow….and then dump his ass at the curb..in the gutter.

  • JustSayin’

    The comments on al.com are going nuts. Fundies spewing hate everywhere.

    • DaddyRay

      Must be a day ending in “Y”

      • KQCA

        LOL….took me a second… 😉

  • JaniceInToronto

    Do you suppose this suit is really going anywhere? It will be interesting to see what happens to poor Roy. Persecution!11!!1!

  • Mike in Texas

    Just got my renewal reminder from SPLC yesterday. Good timing.

  • Galvestonian

    Hero of the First Amendment
    Hero of the Constitution
    Hero of Religious Liberty
    They forgot to add ‘Hero of Bigoted, Republican, Faux-Christian Assholes.”

    • lattebud

      And father of a really screwed up son!!

      • Prixator

        That’s usually a given with these types.

  • Frostbite

    They keep filing these complaints, but is anything actually being done?

    • Thank you! I was wondering the same thing myself!

  • Ninja0980

    Roy Moore simply reflects the majority of peopl in Alabama, simple as that.

  • TreGibbs

    Talk is cheap. Remove him.

  • shellback

    With all of his outlandish posturing, I can only imagine the sordid life he’s trying to conceal. It’s called deflection.

    • I’ve thought that as well. I’m thinking drugs and some seriously kinky submissive sex. I just can’t decide his sex partner(s) gender.

      • shellback

        Gender or species?

        • Oh! Even my well honed filth-o-meter didn’t go there! Damn, and ewww but now that you mention it, shudder, yeah. I’m still thinking that as fierce as he paints himself in the colors of a warrior, he is the most submissive sub ever.

    • barracks9

      Sordid Life, you say?

  • BaddogLtd

    It’s over. You lost. Fuck off.

    • hudson11

      everything i see you post makes me laugh. always spot on.

      • BaddogLtd

        Glad to hear it buddy : )

  • Has the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama made any inquiries or any movement on these complaints? Or do they all secretly agree with him and are going to let these complaints rot?

  • BobSF_94117

    Seems like SPLC is just contributing to the campaign of the next Governor of Alabama.

  • Grafxbear

    In a way, I’m glad he is open with his feelings. At least we don’t just suspect he is taking the law into his own hands. He proves it to us every time he speaks.

  • PLAINTOM

    It’s official, the Alabama state song is “Dueling Banjos” .

  • Bj Lincoln

    He should be arrested and disbarred. He is not doing his job and encouraging others to break the law. He should be charged with treason.

  • Cosmo Tupper

    And the Ben Carson said, “don’t send him to jail because he’ll become one of the gays, because everyone knows straight people become gay in there.”

  • David Gervais

    If he does not understand the First Amendment, then he is not qualified to be a judge.
    Simple really.

  • Kissmagrits

    One action not discussed yet; the disbarment of Judge Moore.

    Then follow with well-crafted lawsuits against the entire Alabama court system charging malfeasance. And include non-compliant county clerks and registrars in the lawsuits. Make it hurt!

  • When will the hearing be?