Alabama Ethics Panel: Boot Roy Moore Immediately

AL.com reports:

The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission on Friday responded to suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s efforts to have the judicial ethics charges against him dismissed.

Instead of dismissing the charges, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary should issue a summary judgment in its favor and remove Moore now from the bench, the JIC states in its response.

“This court (COJ) can conclude this matter now, deny the Chief Justice’s motion for summary judgment, enter judgment as a matter of law in favor of the commission (JIC), remove the Chief Justice from judicial office, and reaffirm Alabama’s fidelity to the rule of law,” the JIC motion states.

The JIC, in its response filed with the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) which is slated to hear the charges, also states that Moore has never expressed remorse for the impact of his actions on the state’s judicial system, but rather has continued to engage in “systematic gamesmanship” to convince the COJ that he never advised defiance of the federal courts. But Moore’s attorney with Liberty Counsel, has mounted an aggressive public relations campaign about “standing up to the federal judiciary,” the JIC states.

The JIC also stated that judges have been removed in other states for far less and also cited Moore’s ouster by the COJ in 2003 when he refused a federal court order to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.

Moore has until Friday to file his response. In a separate action, the Liberty Counsel is suing on Moore’s behalf, claiming that HIS civil rights were violated when he was automatically suspended while the case is being heard.

  • Mark

    Oh Roy…you’ve gone and done it again… b-bye!

  • 3-Star

    Meanwhile in other news…

  • oikos
  • I’m sure they’ll make him a martyr if he’s removed but I’d happily trade that for this bigot being taken off the bench. I hope he gets his bar card yanked too.

  • Dan

    Alabama will just make him their next Governor or send him to the Senate.

  • GayOldLady
    • TuuxKabin

      Needs a flea, dressed up like a gypsy, to play it. {;-)

      • GayOldLady

        LOL!!

      • Marides48

        I don’t want to see the flea that can play that fiddle.
        He’d be YUUUUGE!

        It’s mouse size.

      • Ray Taylor

        I see what you did. <({;-P=

        • TuuxKabin

          And I see what you did with those lil’ strokes of the key. Very good! Gonna use it, s.v.p.

    • pepón

      It would look normal size in Tump’s hands. Just saying.

      • PhillyProfessor

        Are you kidding? It would look like a cello in Trump’s hands.

        • David L. Caster

          Double bass

  • crewman

    Is it just me, or does this action come across as, “We’ve about had it with you.”

    • billbear1961

      It’s not just you.

    • They were done with him the *first* time but couldn’t do anything about it because Alabama judges are elected.

      • (((GC)))

        If he’s removed again, can he be re-elected yet again as a judge?

        • margaretpoa

          No. He’s too old to run again.
          He could run for Governor or Senator though and that could be even uglier.

          • Balderdashing

            In fact, I think he WANTS to be removed, so he can play on his Christian martyr status when he runs. It’ll certainly sell books. These turds always float to the top somehow.

          • Chucktech

            Then I say we christian-martyr the fuck out of him. Let him milk it later if he can.

          • Jay George

            Amen.

          • MonochromeMouse

            I think that’s what all “christians” that intentionally get fired for refusing to follow basic company/legal policy do it for

        • Reality.Bites

          Unless the law changes, he’ll be too old to run. There’s a cut-off age for being elected to their Supreme Court.

  • OUTinMinnesota

    It’s all about the Benjamins, isn’t it?

    Establishing Roy Moore’s martyrdom bona fides, is a just stepping-stone for Liberty Counsel fund-raising, and potential book deal for Roy Moore.

  • Michael Rush

    ” I’m doing God’s work ” – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/39/85/5a/39855a350707f35b3a4213f384e2f71e.gif

  • mikeinrkfd

    You reap what you sow, Roy. Buh bye now.

  • PLAINTOM

    I am going to take a Gingrich public policy position and modify it slightly. If these people want to establish Abrahamic Law, they should be treated as a national security threat and thrown out of the country.

    • MBear

      +1k^s

  • MBear

    Thank you for playing.
    We have some lovely parting gifts for you.

    • OdieDenCO

      a life time supply of your own impotent hate to stew in

  • StraightGrandmother

    We all will do well to remember WHO made the complaint against Judge Roy (Hater) Moore

    Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore could once again be removed from the bench as the result of judicial ethics complaints filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) after he instructed state court judges to defy a federal court order and enforce the state’s unconstitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
    [snip]
    “Moore has disgraced his office for far too long,” said SPLC President Richard Cohen. “He’s such a religious zealot, such an egomaniac that he thinks he doesn’t have to follow federal court rulings he disagrees with. For the good of the state, he should be kicked out of office.”

    http://www.joemygod.com/2016/05/06/breaking-alabama-commission-files-ethics-charges-against-state-supreme-court-chief-justice-roy-moore/

    As reported to us by the fabulous Joe.My.God.

    • Herald

      And this is a fantastic step forward / result of that complaint.
      Also what great start to my Saturday.

    • Strepsi

      SPLC > HRC

  • TexasBoy

    I’m surprised Trump didn’t get Moore for his VP.

    • Marides48

      No, he will lead tRumps Justice Dept.

      • (((GC)))

        “Justice” redefined, as in the “Ministry of Love”?

        After all, a tRump administration would live up to those other slogans, “War is Peace”, “Freedom is Slavery”, “Ignorance is Strength”!

        (And let’s remember that Orwell pointed out that the slogans are reversible, like “Slavery is Freedom”… hmmm, that’s oddly similar to many conservative religious worldviews, where a person’s “ideal” state is to be a slave of the One True God, as opposed to serving one of those other religions’ obviously false One True Gods, or having a worldly master — isn’t there something about “Slaves, obey your masters” in the Bible? It’s inconceivable to them that a free human being would have no gods and no masters!)

        • (((GC)))

          An appropriate song: (to the tune of “O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee”)

          NO MASTERS AND NO GODS FOR ME

          No masters and no gods for me,
          No promise of eternity.
          With that in mind, I make just one vow,
          To do my best—right here, right now.

          This world is all we have, you see.
          There is no immortality.
          No golden place up in the sky,
          So Live, before life passes you by.

          “Do Unto Others”…this is true…
          “As you would have them do unto you”
          One word of kindness goes a long way,
          Make someone else feel special today.

          Smile at the stranger on the street,
          Nourish the needs of those that you meet.
          Dare to reach out; extend your hand
          To one and all–your fellow man.

          Give of yourself, unselfishly;
          Be every hour the best you can be.
          Show love to all, and when life is done
          You’ll know your mem’ry lives in someone.

          No masters and no gods for me,
          No promise of eternity.
          With that in mind, I make just one vow,
          To do my best—right here, right now.

          (Copyright 2001, by Jerry Phillips)
          From the Humanist Hymnal: http://webspace.webring.com/people/lu/um_6974/x_nomasters.html

          • TuuxKabin

            Thank you for that. Next time I get the ‘god’ stuff from anyone, I’ll refer them to that. Thanks.

          • (((GC)))

            Jerry Phillips’ Humanist Hymnal also includes the Evolution Chorus (to Handel’s famous music) : “E-volution! E-volution!” etc. “And nothing lasts for e-ver and e-ver”… “Change is king, the gene is lord”, etc.

            Another, wordier but good, set of lyrics to the Hallelujah Chorus: “We’re creators, we the people, Making meaning, telling stories, yes we create”; going on to assert that we’re “god-inventors, storytellers”, and replacing “king of kings” with “Right and wrong, they come from us”…
            http://atheistnexus.org/group/atheistmusicians/forum/topics/hallelujah-chorus-gets-new-humanistic-words-we-re-creators
            (with links to more “Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs”)

            Some more humanist songs, and repurposings of Christian hymn tunes:

            Heritage Songs of the Ethical Society of St. Louis: http://george.speckert.com/songbook/pages/contents.html
            (includes “What Gift is This?” to the tune of Greensleeves / “What Child is This?”)

            Anthology of Humanist Songs: http://home.alphalink.com.au/~jperkins/HumanistSongs.htm

          • TuuxKabin

            I’m particularly enjoying the Anthology of Humanist Songs. Thanks again.

          • (((GC)))

            You’re welcome!

    • Reality.Bites

      He couldn’t even get Tim Tebow to speak, which is pretty much the only thing Tebow does.

      I wouldn’t judge Trump if he couldn’t get Tebow to play football mind you.

      No one can.

  • Martin
  • billbear1961

    The fascist defied SCOTUS and ordered OTHERS in Alabama to defy the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling, as well, threatening to FIRE them if they obeyed it!

    If this isn’t deliberate and willful DEFIANCE of the federal courts, what the hell IS?!

    He has defied the federal judiciary and the Constitution he SWORE to uphold! How many couples’ CIVIL RIGHTS were VIOLATED in the process, as he subverted the Rule of Law–i.e. BROKE THE LAW–arrogantly subordinating it to HIS religious views??

    Remove this SEDITIONIST from the bench!

    Disbar him!!

    • (((GC)))

      (Don’t hold back; tell us how you really feel!)

      Moore is an actual black-robed tyrant, a judicial activist: as you said, blatantly ignoring and breaking the law to advance his own personal agenda! But in some circles “It’s OK If You’re A Right-Wing Christian” interpreting what Jeezus obviously meant when he dictated the Constitution to the Founding Fathers.

    • Marides48

      As the Bibull says, “stone him”!

      • billbear1961

        And may the Lard have mercy upon his soul!

        • Christopher

          People like Moore do not deserve mercy.

          This man went out of his way to humiliate, threaten, and destroy lives.

          If it were within my power I would revoke his oxygen privileges.

          • billbear1961

            You’ll get no argument from me.

            It WAS pretty obvious I was being sarcastic, I hope!

            (I changed “Lord” to “Lard”!)

        • 1withCosmos

          May the Lard fry bacon on his cringe worthy soul for an eternity. Wait. I am an atheist so no soul, no eternity, so I guess he should rot in the ground, but that would be unfair to the worms and bacteria as they feast on his putrid flesh and then crawl away to die. Makes me wish for mercy for the worms.

    • Christopher
  • WebSlinger

    The religious right here in America are out of touch with reality; constantly stirring things up instead of letting this country move along and focus on more important things.

    https://thebentangle.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/cartoon-re-distinctions.gif

  • Michael Rush

    The ghost of George Wallace lives through Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore .

  • JT
    • TrollopeReader

      or, 1/ the bible
      2/ trumps
      3/ the constitution.

      The donald would switch #2 and # 1 ….

    • Gianni

      Frightening, to say the least.

  • JustSayin’

    HA HA!

  • Jack

    He’s a disgrace.

  • Dot Beech

    The voters of Alabama will simply re-elect him. Once again.

  • Caz

    Be careful what you wish for. Moore will be well positioned to run for governor if he is ousted.

    • Menergy

      commenter above wrote Moore’s too old to run for Governor. I dunno.

      • SFBruce

        As far as I know, there’s no age limit for who can run for governor; however, he’s definitely too old to seek reelection to the Alabama Supreme Court. So even if he’s kicked off the bench and disbarred, he can always use those events to claim martyrdom in a run for the governorship. He’s lost that before, so who knows, maybe there are limits to the kind of person Alabama will elect.

        • Menergy

          you’re right, I misread the commenting haste- it did refer to too old to be reelected as Chief Justice. More coffee needed, or put on my reading glasses. Thanks for the clarification, Bruce, although that potential governorship possibility is frightening to consider.

      • ChrisMorley

        Commenter above said Moore was too old to run for Chief Justice again, not as Governor.
        The only qualifications and limits on who can be Governor of Alabama are:
        ‘The governor may not hold any federal or state office in Alabama
        concurrently with his gubernatorial term. Additionally, the governor
        must be at least 30 years old, an American citizen for at least 10 years on the date of the election and a resident of Alabama for at least seven years.’
        https://ballotpedia.org/Governor_of_Alabama

        • Menergy

          yes, I mis-typed based on a misremembering of the original commenter’s post Thanks, though.

          • Reality.Bites

            i’m blushing. People are talking about me behind my back!

        • TrollopeReader

          hmmm… “American citizen” .. is that the USofA or the CSofA ??

    • The_Wretched

      I don’t care. He’s a mockery to law and seditious. That cannot go overlooked.

  • Richard B

    The disgraced Roy Moore is a religious bigot who used his position as head of Alabama’s judiciary to mock and challenge the United States Supreme Court and the rule of law. The disgraced judge should be permanently removed from serving in public office and disbarred. Roy Moore’s Liberty Counsel attorneys, who empowered him to make significant errors in judgement should have their law license rescinded and permanently barred from practicing law in the state of Alabama.

    • The_Wretched

      Liberty Counsel should be barred from ever representing a client anywhere.

    • 1withCosmos

      I say disbar Moore and try to keep him from the Governors position and it is time to indict Matt Staver for being complicit in kidnapping and he too should be disbarred.

  • bkmn

    Will this be enough to get the Alabama Bar Association to revoke his license? Probably not since he has buddies all over the place.

  • TrollopeReader

    Well this is a good start …

  • Clive Johnson

    “…has continued to engage in “systematic gamesmanship” to convince the COJ that he never advised defiance of the federal courts.”

    The same dishonesty and self-delusion also underlies his worldview.

  • Cosmo Tupper

    “Boot”ed into prison for subversion and possibly treason.

  • sfmike64

    Roy Moore should be disbarred for all of this. He’s done this before in 2003 and he will do it again. That should be grounds for permanent removal from the bar and disqualification as a judge for life.

    • Unfortunately, next stop: Governor.

      • bobbyjoe

        Yeah, that’s his plan, and the bigoted rubes in Alabama will buy it.

        • PhallicMetaphor

          They will, Roy will hold this up as proof of Christian persecution

          • Bruno

            If that happens, they’ll deserve everything horrible he does to that already wasted state.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Well, I won’t be missing much. The only thing Alabama is good for is driving through it on the way to Pensacola Beach.

  • Stubenville

    What is this civil right to be a blowhard of which the Liberty Clown-sel speaks?

  • Ninja0980

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out asshole.

    • Reality.Bites

      Let it.

  • Jay George

    Oh Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission, I love you so. 🙂

  • Homo Erectus
  • The_Wretched

    Wow, “Judgement as a matter of law” is the legal equivalent of summary judgement for the plaintiff. It says that the defendant has not only no leg to stand on, but even trying to do so is an affront to justice and the law. It’s really rare as you can imagine. This means Moore is not only wrong, but so wrong that the legal system says he’s done and needs to shut up now.

  • “Bad faith.” That’s the term used when someone pretends to be acting lawfully and with principle, but in reality they’re serving their own lawless agendas.

    It’s been centuries of jurisprudence and precedent in the U.S., that the U.S. Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of what is and is not lawful and Constitutional. The Supermacy Clause is right there in the Constitution itself, noting that the Federal government’s edicts, laws, and rulings always supersede state and local laws.

    The Obergefell ruling wasn’t ambiguous. State bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. The overwhelming majority of states and locales simply accepted the ruling and implemented the necessary changes — just as they do whenever the Supreme Court speaks clearly on an issue, especially one involving civil rights.

    We know what happened in a certain county in Kentucky, but Roy Moore wanted to make it a state-wide thing. He let it be known he was going to resist the SCOTUS ruling — and took concrete actions to make it happen. First he began playing fiddly administrative games with regard to who was affected by the ruling. One of his many games was to say that only the original few plaintiff couples in the Alabama challenge were affected. Then he tried to make it like the federal court couldn’t order Alabama as a state to do anything. He announced that the entire court was going to consider whether or not Obergefell actually, truly overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage — and then deliberately slow-walked that such that six months later they were still “considering” the case (obviously intending this to go on either forever or at least as long as he could manage it).

    Then we get into the truly illegal part of his actions, in which as chief administrator of Alabama’s court system, he ordered all the probate judges to disobey the federal ruling “pending the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision” on the case he knew damned well he had no intention of allowing to be decided. Of course, this put all these lower court judges in the position of breaking federal law (and risking arrest for contempt or civil lawsuits) or defying Moore’s order (and risking being fired since he could do that).

    Anyway, I hope they can his ass. That line up there about “standing up to the federal judiciary” — as if they can lawfully be defied, simply because a state doesn’t agree with their rulings — is everything we need to know about his intentions.

    • Reality.Bites

      I’ve always found it interesting that your system has that federal supremacy and ours does not. There are many instances when the federal and provincial government agree to co-operate, such as federal funding for health care, which is a provincial responsibility, but the federal government could not, for example, impose a national minimum wage any more than a province could start issuing currency.

      Or more relevant to the issue at hand is marriage. It’s a federal responsibility and no province could have passed a marriage equality law – or do anything to override the newer definition of marriage.

      In both countries both levels are of course are bound by their country’s constitutional guarantees of rights and freedoms so ultimate responsibility of interpreting what’s lawful and who can do what resides with the Supreme Court of each country.

    • Gianni

      Thanks. You’ve made the issues a lot more clear for me. The man is the worst kind that should never hold a position is a judicial system. He upholds the law when he agrees with it and defies it when he doesn’t. Most people spend time in jail for doing just that.

  • e jerry powell

    Is anybody livestreaming the temper tantrum?

  • Michael

    But anti-gay “Christian” Moore supports Jesus = Discrimination, so he, like anti-gay “Christian” Kim Davis is automatically entitled to special rights the rest of us don’t have.

  • Make America Grating Again

    If God were real, I would pray that he take a giant heavenly dump on Judge Roy Moore’s slimy little head. Although, I’d settle for a mere mortal doing pretty much the same thing. Any volunteers?