ALABAMA: State GOP Chair Seeks To Change Rules To Protect Unethical Renegade Judges Like Roy Moore reports:

Alabama’s process for punishing judges needs to be changed, the Alabama Republican Party’s executive committee says in a resolution aimed at what led to the suspension of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. The resolution asks that the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government enact law for the election of all nine of the Judicial Inquiry Commission members.

“It needs to be an elected group of people so it is accountable to the voters,” said Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan. The resolution also seeks to abolish the rule that judges are automatically suspended when charges are filed by the JIC.

Richard Cohen, president of the SPLC, said the ALGOP resolution was “wildly insulting to the JIC members. “It’s an insuslt to the integrity of the JIC by Moore’s supporters,” he said. Cohen said there is accountability with JIC. “Seven of the nine (JIC) members hold elected office or are appointed by those who do,” he said.

The effort to change the process is an effort by Roy Moore supporters “to undermine the strong judicial ethics laws that Alabama has,” Cohen said. The Rev. James Henderson offered the resolution at the Republican meeting. The resolution was overwhelmingly approved to applause, he said.

Moore’s trial begins September 28th.

  • S1AMER

    Alabama would repeal the 21st Century, if they could figure out how (hell, they’d also get rid of the 20th.).

  • Stev84

    Sure, elect more positions. Especially ones that are supposed to be impartial. Like that hasn’t resulted in complete chaos and dysfunction everywhere in the country already.

  • Michael Smith

    “It needs to be an elected group of people so it is accountable to the voters”

    Actually that’s why your Supreme Court is so screwed up in the first place.

    • clay

      and here I thought they were supposed to be accountable to the constitutions they ALL swore to uphold.

      • Kelly Lape

        What do you think M. Smith is saying?

        I think he’s saying that in Alabama their Supreme Court by being elected is more concerned with being re-elected than they are with upholding the Constitution.

      • FAEN

        The Constitution is all relative to them.

      • Jerry

        GOP is all law-and-order and constitution until there’s a result they don’t agree with.

  • Kelly Lape

    The integrity of the Law should never be put to a vote. The entire purpose of the Judiciary is to ensure unbiased execution of the law.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      But that makes white, republican, jebus cry.

      • PickyPecker
        • Christopher


          • Na, he ran away to heaven. They have no extradition treaty.

          • karmanot

            Father finger-puppet fell silent……

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    • Stev84

      And that’s why judges should never be elected in the first place. Same with prosecutors and sheriffs.

      • Kelly Lape

        I agree with you about Judges and Prosecutors. I disagree about Sheriffs. Sheriffs need to be responsive to their communities, which is why the GOP is so anti “Black Lives Matter” the GOP fears that a successful movement in the streets would translate to a successful movement at the ballot boxes.

        • Stev84

          In other countries being a top police officer is just a normal job. Same as with any other top administrative position in the government. And it usually works fine. The idea that these positions need to be directly “accountable” is complete nonsense. People who vote for a Republican government also vote for a Republican sheriff. And the office is highly politicized to begin with. So the accountability is next to zero.

          • Kelly Lape

            The idea that “people who vote Republican” somehow don’t care about law or order is fallacious.

            The people who vote in our communities are Americans. As long as we continue to treat “them” as something “other” than “us” we will never find common ground.

          • Galvestonian

            …but…but … quite a few Republicans ARE something else, Americans yes, but altogether stupid, moronic, bigoted and firmly entrenched in the idea that only white people of the right Protestant faiths should not only be the only ones to hold political office AND be the only real Americans.

          • Kelly Lape

            By treating all Republicans equally based on stereotypical definitions of how you believe Republicans are makes you a bigot.

            The golden rule of treating others as you wish to be treated applies most directly to those who you believe are most different from ourselves. In other words the golden rule even applies to the GOP.

          • You have to go back to the 1870s to understand why sheriffs are elected. Police chiefs are appointed and control the towns but something had to be done to control the patronage so sheriffs (borrowed from English common law) controlled interstices between the towns in the county. I am not saying that the electioning started in the 1870s just that the advisability of elections is, sort of, highlighted by the conflicts that arose. The sheriff then ‘deputizes’ law officers to stand in his/her place (hence deputies).

            There is an on-going tension between police and sheriff departments; here in Seattle it can be seen in the increase in sheriff’s vehicles – they protect the courts and have been given jurisdiction over Metro Transit.

            Just babbling – you can stop me any time.

          • Stev84

            Patronage was certainly an issue in the 19th century. So as a result they made lots of low level offices and some important ones directly elected. And created a whole bunch of new issues that are arguably far worse.

            Similar to how California created a powerful initiative/ballot system to break corporate control. For a while it worked, but now you have paid signature gatherers and a lot of disastrous laws getting passes.

    • clay

      unless . . . of course . . . they happen to favor mob rule.

    • FAEN

      Ironically in the future when demographics take over these same ‘Christians’ will be screaming bloody murder should we suggest this very idea.

  • Rex

    Let me see if I understand this, you want to protect those that refuse to follow the law. That seems fair.

    • Cackalaquiano

      What could go wrong?

      • Rex

        That hasn’t gone wrong already?

  • Gustav2

    So judges can do as they damn well please, gotcha!

    • DaddyRay

      Except for those liberal activist judges who don’t rule the way we like


    An open admission that Alabama does not want judges to conduct themselves in an ethical manner and are incapable of doing so.

  • bkmn

    Keep fucking that chicken Ms. Lathan. But don’t come to us when it blows up in your face.

  • William

    She’s hoping for a little slap and tickle with that sexy governor.

    • Silver Badger

      Please. Some of us are eating.

  • SFBruce

    Sure, why not further politicize the judicial system? Nice to know that Alabama understands an independent judiciary is for sissies.


      If it was good enough for Adolph…

  • another_steve

    The United States — particularly progressives — is a bit weird when it comes to the removal of judges.

    When Dead Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made public comments clearly demonstrating that he was unable to judge fairly on issues pertaining to the LGBT community, where was the outrage?

    Why wasn’t there a massive movement to remove him from the Court?

    • sword

      To remove a conservative Supreme Court justice…you need a liberal Senate. With the Senate strongly in Republican hands…you would be wasting your time…it wouldn’t have been allowed in committees much less voted on by the whole Senate.


    Memo to Rethugs : You can’t handle the truth.

  • TK

    It’s amazing they want to protect that asshole Moore and allow judges to ignore the laws they are supposed to uphold. But that’s the deep south GOP for ya.

    • FAEN

      Remember ONLY Jeebus’ law is what matters to them. But they still want to be Judges etc. Maddening isn’t it?

  • Rex

    She looks more likeable standing next to a clown.

    • Jakers

      Where did you get that dress, it’s awful, and those shoes and that coat, jeeeeez!

      • stevenj

        I’m sure they came from Safeway on $5 Friday.

    • Jamie_Johnson

      I think the pin on the name badge punctured something and it’s running down the left side of her… front.

      • Rex

        Looks like the stick up her ass somehow got dislodged.
        More likely she has a hardon for Trump.

    • Martin

      And you, O desolate one, what will you do? Although you dress in scarlet, Although you decorate yourself with ornaments of gold, Although you enlarge your eyes with paint, In vain you make yourself beautiful Your lovers despise you. — Jeremiah 4:30

    • Joseph Miceli

      She looks like him in a dress.

      • Rex

        Now that’s just mean.
        Accurate, but mean.

      • FAEN

        LMAO-thank you for my much needed afternoon chuckle Hottie Pants.

    • Robert Conner

      A shorter, uglier version of Donnie. In a red dress adorned with what appear to be elf testicles.

  • FAEN

    GOTP-your continued moral bankruptcy is amusing, pathetic and frightening.

    It will be written in history books that after a biracial man was elected POTUS-twice-your party invited the baggers in and collectively gave yourselves the lobotomy of all lobotomies.

    I don’t have a problem with your party of racists, xenophobes, homophobes, misogynists, Islamaphobes and general conspiracy theory crackpots destroying each other but do you have to try and take the rest of the country with you?

    • Librarykid

      Your last question was answered with the events of 9/11 precipitated by the right wing appointing Bush II as president.

  • MB
  • TampaZeke

    Two points:

    Firstly, Alabama, and no other state, can pass a law to protect a state judge from the US Constitution, Federal Law, Federal Courts or Federal Judges. I don’t know how many smack downs it’s going to take for Alabama to understand this fact. Maybe just ONE more and this will be the one.

    Secondly, the Alabama GOP has got some fucking nerve stealing Hillary’s campaign slogan!

    • Chucktech

      Firstly, Alabama, and no other state, can pass a law…

      TZ, did you mean “cannot pass a law” or are you saying no state except Alabama can pass a law??

      • TampaZeke

        No, I’m saying that no state can pass a law (or “change the rules”) to “protect” state judges from federal oversight. No matter what law they pass to try to “protect” judge Moore, it will not supersede the US Constitution or federal law/courts/judges. They will still determine if he is acting unconstitutionally and will still have the power and authority to smack him down.

        • IamM

          True, but they’re trying to protect him from the state’s judicial ethics process.

          • TampaZeke

            But the state judicial ethics process has busted him for violating the US Constitution, so even if they change a state rule to protect him from the state level judicial ethics process it will only be a minor speed bump in bringing him to justice. In fact, the “changing of the rules” might very well, in and of itself, be unconstitutional since it in essence seeks to protect him from his unconstitutional acts; like ordering state judges to ignore, and violate, SCOTUS rulings on marriage equality.

    • Thirdly – all state power is in the constitution and the amendments to it control things as petty as bingo in a county (amendments 386 & 387 further amended by 413, 440, 506, – I think that last bingo amendment is 699) or mosquito control; amendments are amended by further amendments (ad infinitum). In 2012, an amendment to remove the ‘segregated schools’ amendment went down to defeat because it would have left an even older amendment in place that ended the guarantee of public education (an attempt to go around the Brown v Board of Education desegregation ruling).

  • Bill Post

    I hope they go broke defending it.

    • Silver Badger

      Be a drag if the Alabama governor and the state GOP had to draw food stamps, wouldn’t it?

  • Michael Rush
    • The_Wretched

      She has a tricky external rotator cuff injury from administering too many spankings

    • Jerry

      Though that picture looks a lot less like a man in drag than the one Joe posted above…

      • Librarykid

        She still looks like an evil witch.

  • Terry Teeter

    Drag Queen. And a bad one at that.

    • Joseph Miceli

      Time has not been kind.

      • FAEN

        Time has smacked her in the face repeatedly with the ugly stick IMO.

  • greenmanTN

    “I’m Tony Perkins in a dress, and I approve this message.”

  • Friday

    So, ….the Alabama RNC stole Hillary’s slogan? 🙂

  • Trans Batwoman ;)

    Is she trans?

    • Robert Conner


  • karmanot

    Whaaaat? Alabama has strong judicial ethics? Seriously? Who knew?

  • safari

    Not everything should be “accountable to the voters” directly. The judiciary is a good example of something that shouldn’t be accessible to voters.

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    ..but only when the judge is in hot water for supporting whatever the state GOP supports

  • Ninja0980

    Roy Moore is one of the best examples there is on why judges should never be elected.

  • The Milkman

    I didn’t know Detox’s mom was a judge. I love Drag Race.

  • TheManicMechanic

    20 GOTO 10

  • JT

    Stealing Hillary’s slogan, are you? It’s the exact opposite of what you stand for.

  • AdamTh

    “..the strong judicial ethics laws that Alabama has,”

    Are we talking about that state between Mississippi & Georgia???

  • anne marie in philly

    throw this muthafucka in jail NOW!

  • Robert Conner

    She looks like the head of a coven. Witches of Asswick?

  • JCF

    She looks like someone who’s trying to throw off the scent of Moore and his Moore-ons, from where she hides in her closet.

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