Roy Moore Demands That Four Supreme Court Justices Recuse Themselves From Hearing His Appeal

Plus three former justices who probably hate his guts. Via press release from the Liberty Counsel:

Today Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore filed a motion to recuse four of the current Alabama Supreme Court justices and three former justices who sat by designation in his May petition regarding the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC).

Three of the current justices presided over the prior petition. These are named by the Chief in a sealed affidavit. The fourth current justice is Shaw, who did not preside over the prior petition.

However, in his March 2016 concurring opinion, Shaw commented on the January 2016 Administrative Order, which is at issue in the present appeal. Three former justices, who also were named in the sealed affidavit, were specially appointed to preside over the prior petition filed by the Chief.

Prior to the current case, the past practice has been that the justices recuse when asked to review a matter involving a sitting justice of the Court. In the motion to recuse, Chief Justice Moore requests that replacement justices be selected by a random and publicly observable drawing from a pool of sitting circuit judges.

“The Chief Justice wants to have a fair and objective panel of nine judges to review his appeal. Anyone who has sat on any prior proceedings involving this case and anyone who has a conflict of interest should recuse and not preside over this appeal. Chief Justice Moore is asking for a fair and transparent process,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

Last month Moore was suspended without pay for the remainder of his term. He will be too old to seek reelection when his current term expires.

  • Bruno

    So…I guess he thinks a few of them hate his guts. Or something. How extraordinary.

    • Gustav2

      Or they respect the law more than they respect him.


      Kinda like Cruz being judge by fellow Republican Senators.

    • Ninja0980

      I think a lot of them do.

  • MattM

    I guess he doesn’t understand he’s the problem. Shocking.

    • teeveedub

      “That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.”

  • bambinoitaliano

    So the ex judge wants to change the law to allow defendants to pick and choose the judges he or she deem fair to their case? Why not go the mafia route and pay them off?

    • Balderdashing

      He can’t trust judges to remain objective and impartial, since he never could manage it.

  • bkmn

    He knows these judges and wants to have only favorable friends hear his trial.

  • Porkie

    If he were serious about the appeal he would get himself a lawyer ( sorry Mat – not sorry).

  • AtticusP
  • Capritaur

    Wouldn’t the lower ruling stand if SCOTUS is unable to rule due to the lack of quorum?

    • Salton

      SCOTUS is not involved here but the Supreme Court of Alabama.


    So any judge that has made any statement supporting Moore’s position on same sex marriage must recluse. Conflict of Interest .

  • These would be the state supreme court justices whose authority Moore usurped illegally by issuing an also illegal order in their names.

    O/T This is all kinds of awesome:

    • Chucktech

      Jesus, what a huge fucking asshole that guy is…

      • PLAINTOM

        He’s a Trump supporter and that is a given.


      Should be Florida Headline : Trump spokesman not interested in Zika virus.

      • Chucktech

        Trump spokesman finds Zika virus a bore.

        • Henri205

          Crooked Zika.

      • “Trump spokesgoblin objectively supports tragic birth defects”

    • dcurlee

      Off the top rope

    • dcurlee

      And Boris goes to Putins house to give him a rim job

    • ChrisInKansas

      Having a guy named Boris sure ain’t helping him with the Russia thing. Up next, Natasha?

  • Moore: I demand a jury of my peers!
    Courts: That’s not possible. Pond scum isn’t able to make its opinion known.

    • boatboy_srq


      Where do you want your Internetz delivered?

  • Luther Kreiger

    Man, they always misspell that part of their little press releases. Here, this is what it’s supposed to say:

    “Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy ‘organization’ of a handful of people dedicated to advancing Christian supermacy, the subjugation of women, and stamping gays out since 1989, by providing pro bono repeated legal failures on these and related topics.”

    • ChrisMorley

      damn autocorrect

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    Demand away, bubba.

  • moebym

    OT, but definitely worth a read. Margaret and Helen don’t mince words when it comes to Trump.

  • shellback

    I always found it amusing when guys behind bars started demanding things. This is very similar.

    • Balderdashing

      Heck, Ammon Bundy asserted he be allowed to wear his cowboy boots to court, according to the Umpteenth Amendment.

      • jmax

        “Umpteenth Amendment”. I like that.

  • Gaymurcan

    Roy Moore is unemployed by his own actions; hasn’t one legal leg to stand on; and is in NO position to make demands upon anyone. Same goes for “Liberty Screwups” and the rest of “We Hate for Christ & Cash, Inc.” At this point Roy – you’ll get what you’re given and like it, bitch!

    • ByronK

      Yes, that’s not really how the law works but how would Roy or his lawyer know that!

      • Gaymurcan

        Oh I know that ByronK; but that mean little worm and his slimy “counsel” just get my dander up!

    • Jerry

      Also O/T: NC GOP early votes are less than 1/2 from 2012 (hopefully this will be a national trend)…

      • Jerry
        • DJ John Bear

          Cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good
          Now, cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good
          When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move

      • TexasBoy

        I’ve heard this before, and the way it is worded is difficult to tell. Are they saying GOP early voters are down 50%, or the total early voting is down 50%? I mean, it is a general election, so do they actually count if you’re a registered REP or DEM when you vote,even though you are free to vote for either on the ballot…or does NC have some bizarre voting laws? BTW our early voting starts the 24th here in Texas. 🙂 But we don’t register a party affiliation. We have open primaries.

        • popebuck1

          Early votes from Democrats and independents are about the same as this point in 2012, but Republican early votes are down 50%.

        • Jerry

          Both are down 50%…but D ballots are running about the same total as at this point in 2012, while Rs are down 50%. The McCrory story also says that AA ballots are up 6%, and Latino votes are up 50% from 2012.

        • Gist is GOP vote is anemic due to revulsion and disgust.

      • lymis

        Now that more and more high profile Republicans like McCain are saying that they can’t vote for either candidate, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a lot of Republicans taking that as permission to sit the election out.

        I had fantasized about a Clinton landslide, and honestly felt it was deserved because Trump is so manifestly unqualified, but I never imagined that it might happen because Republicans stayed home.

  • EweTaw

    Moore can stamp his fee and make hard fists all he wants to. I don’t see this going anywhere.

  • HZ81

    So, actual people can’t judge him. Imaginary sky buddy? That’s cool.

    We got it. Now, please go away.

  • Richard B
  • Lazycrockett

    Not reading the article but I wager its the liberal justices.

    • Ninja0980

      Certainly not going to be Tom Parker, who didn’t recuse himself from these hearings even though the suits were brought by the hate group he founded.

    • Reality.Bites

      There are no liberal justices on the Alabama Supreme Court.

  • William

    Break out the Ouija board and let Scalia hear the case.

    • GanymedeRenard


    • Robincho

      But Uncle Thomas does NOT get to drive the planchette!…

      • Librarykid

        Uncle Thomas would have nothing to do with any part of that Satanic board.

  • ColdCountry

    Bless his heart….

  • Orly

    Chief Justice Moore is asking for a fair and transparent process,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

    Sounds to me like he’s requesting Special Rights®.

    I say: Fuck that.

  • Ninja0980

    I’m taking a wild guess his fellow theocrat Tom Parker who is also being sued for the same crap Moore pulled is not one of the ones being ask to recuse himself.

    • david fairfield

      You’d be correct.

  • MB

    And in other unbelievable news, a mistrial declared with a jury in Albuquerque just being dismissed as a hung-jury, with 9 of 12 jurors finding 2 former APD officers NOT GUILTY on charges that they murdered a homeless man. The judge previously threw out charges of voluntary manslaughter.


  • boatboy_srq

    Just as many justices should recuse themselves as instances where Moore recused himself from any decision with religious or same-sex implications.

    In other words, zero.

  • JellyDonut


  • Jay Silversmith

    WHAT the hell is this guy smoking? All he has to do is look at Liberty Council’s colossal record of failures where they tried to legislate gawd into the Constitution.

  • greenmanTN

    What did they do, commit the crime of common sense?

  • greenmanTN

    Go tell Aunt Rhody, maybe she’ll care…

    • Gianni

      Please no. She’s already dealing with the loss of an old gray goose.

  • david fairfield

    Be careful what you wish …you’d be hard pressed to find even one justice in Alabama who doesn’t hate your pompous ass.

  • djcoastermark

    Hey roy, you missed your chance to ride along with the t rump campaign bus. It left you behind a long time ago.

  • Bill Post

    Well isn’t he the special little snowflake who is above the law… he’s your seroquel Mr Moore… your son isn’t visiting today he’s in drug court.

  • Ninja0980

    Gee, no surprise that one of the judges he demands recuses himself is Greg Shaw, who was the dissenting judge in the 6-1 Alabama Supreme Court ruling who dared to say that if you can’t obey the Supreme Court, you shouldn’t be a judge.
    Can’t have a judge who uses logic can we?

  • JT

    Request denied.

  • another_steve

    Portrait of a dinosaur. A sad and doomed creature — doomed in the judgment of history.

    Soon he’ll face his imaginary cosmic judge and will have to account for the evil he committed while a resident of… The Twilight Zone.

    • Bryan

      A lil’ Occurrence at the Steps of the Owl-Bama Something Court going on there?

  • Silver Badger

    As it involves a State Supreme Court Justice, perhaps the National Supreme Court should preside.

  • CatCope

    One nation under GOD god-dammit!!! See this here book i’ma showin’ya? Whatchadon’t understand??

    “Fair & transparent process?” I would wager the S.C. knows MORE about law than Mr.
    moore, who tends to lean towards the “under gawd” thingy.

  • popebuck1

    That unanimous ruling musta hurt.

  • NancyP

    This seems to be a matter of telling others to disobey the law. This shouldn’t require great legal minds – it would seem to be an administrative matter. Just yank his bar certification / law license. It might be faster.

  • Maggie 4NoH8
  • TexasBoy
  • SoCalGal20

    OT but Obama responded to Alex Jones’ claim that he and Hillary are demons lol.

    • Bruno

      Bet Jones HATES that, even though it gives him attention.

    • Elliott

      OMG that is so rad!!!

    • djcoastermark

      That is the Obama I love to see. He looks like he had so much fun with that. You can tell the pressure’s off.

    • Maggie 4NoH8

      I think I will really enjoy Obama when West Wing protocol doesn’t stifle his speech.

      • trouble94114

        Would have been almost as funny if he’d taken a sniff and said “Smells like Old Spice to me..”

    • OdieDenCO


  • anne marie in philly

    ex-CUUUUUSE MEEEEE! you DO NOT tell SCOTUS what to do, you fucking twat! I hope they throw you in jail!

    • Reality.Bites

      This is the Alabama Supreme Court. Not SCOTUS

      • djcoastermark

        A hole (yes) different world.

      • anne marie in philly

        ooooops. anyway, moore still needs to STFU.

      • Captain Obvious

        Like a broken Pong-console as comared to a quantum super computer.

      • Franciscan


        • Franciscan


  • Rex

    Suck it Moore. That is all.

    • djcoastermark

      you and your double entendres . I like.

  • Paula

    I don’t think you are calling the shots anymore, Roy

    • TrollopeReader

      did you forget the prefix “BWAAA” …..?

  • Jay George

    Wonder what else this deluded little f*ck demands? He hasn’t caught up with the fact he ain’t the boss of anybody right now.

    • TrollopeReader

      well, he probably wants his statue of the Ten Commandments back ….

      • Deanobear

        I thought they melted that down to make plaques for LGBT causes.

      • Jay George

        I think he should get it back too, Wile E. Coyote style. 😉

  • Bob Conti

    I’ll use words that Matt Staver should be used to by now, “Petition denied.”

    • TrollopeReader

      and “Loser” , don’t forget that !!

      • Bob Conti

        How about “Piss Off!”

  • Todd

    Roy ….just give us the names of the 9 judges you want and we’ll make it happen …… NOT

  • GanymedeRenard
  • Captain Obvious

    I’m sure people in Hell demand snow-cones.

    • TrollopeReader

      oooohh. … rainbow colored ones I hope !!

  • kaydenpat

    He’s in no position to be making demands.

    • Captain Obvious

      He’s very accustomed to be entitled and worshiped.
      That used to start at his courtroom door.
      I think he will find that it stops at another.

  • Galvestonian

    I hope that he gets the same type of trial that Afro-Americans in the South used to get. Run him up before a judge, throw him in jail and then let the mob lynch him.

    • Deanobear

      Why waste time on “jail” … straight to ‘hangin’ tree.

  • TrollopeReader

    Interesting that he wants numerous justices to recuse themselves, but is probably happy that Scalia and Thomas never recuse(d) themselves ….

    • UrsusArctos

      If only Moore would recuse himself like Scalia finally did.

  • TheManicMechanic

    More crybaby conservative foot stomping.

  • fuzzybits
  • OdieDenCO

    really, how many whining 3 year olds are we going to hear from this year.

  • M Jackson

    With Matt Staver and the Liberty Council pleading his case, what could possibly go right? Wait, I mean wrong!

  • RobynWatts

    Got a deal for you, Roy….we’ll do that IF you excuse yourself from the bench for good, as well as politics for good, and fold that so-called non-profit that you and your wife have for good….deal?

  • Ben in Oakland

    Now, Roy, why are you trying to stack the judicial deck in your favor? don’t you have faith that Jeeeeeeeeebus will see your righteousness, and come riding on a white ass to your rescue?

    I guess not.

  • Sporkfighter

    “Roy Moore Demands That Four Supreme Court Justices Recuse Themselves From Hearing His Appeal”

    …and I demand a beach house in Malibu!

    • kareemachan

      …and I demand a rainbow-pooping unicorn to ride!

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I’m not surprised that he wants to stuff it with sitting circuit court judges. Those were the judges he issued the Order for.

  • Queequeg

    No such luck, asshole, and just wait until Hillary appoints the 9th Justice.

  • Stubenville

    Usually the defendant doesn’t get to DEMAND anything. Good luck with that, jerk.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Good luck with that.

  • Franciscan

    Would he be too old to go to jail, DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200?

  • Franciscan

    Vexatious litigant.

  • Rocco

    I cannot say it enough times, or with enough gusto…how much I am enjoying this puke’s difficulties. I
    hope it plays out as slowly as possible, with the Tammy Faye type wife crying on tv, and a fucking tv movie of the week to memorialize it for posterity. My only complaint is that he won’t spend his remaining days on the chain gang down in Bammy.

  • DaveW

    I can only conclude mental illness. Seaver is in a grift but Moore, if sane, would know he is wrong. It’s black and white, the scotus ruled.

    Plus, the boiler plate language at the end of their release is like all the church signs, you have to read the o posits for the truth. How is forcing your religion on me advancing religious freedom?

    My local wack job church’s sign says “let us set you free”. Ha ha.

    THe answe to all this crap is to simply exist. Hubby and I had a nice lunch Sunday with the local pentacosral pastor staring/fuming from the next table. I don’t think he liked my friendly smile and wink while discussing the cult hairdos in the women. Shouldn’t eavesdrop and stare like a dopey kid!

    Their women can’t cut their hair. One beehive was sculpted up and looked like a “jyna”. What fun, also ridiculing dumb religious “morality” hypocrite trump voters while he listened.

    • kareemachan

      Wow, that must have been FUN! I laughed just thinking about it.

      OTOH, my SO’s cousin is married to one of these. I honestly don’t know how she keeps it together. Thanksgivings are ….. interesting…. at her house.

  • kareemachan

    Jeez, who passed Moore the box o’ whine from which he has drunk WAY too deeply?

  • Matt

    Roy Moore, you are not in a position to “demand” anything. Shut up and go nurse your kinky desperation in private like all you hypocrites do.