ALABAMA: Roy Moore Appeals His Suspension

AL.com reports:

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has appealed his suspension from office to a special Supreme Court appointed to hear that appeal. Liberty Counsel filed an appeal brief on Moore’s behalf on Tuesday night. Today was the deadline to file it. In September, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary suspended Moore without pay for the remainder of his term, finding that he violated judicial ethics.

The main issue was an administrative order Moore wrote to probate judges in January telling them they still had a duty to enforce Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriages. The administrative order came about six months after the U.S. Supreme Court had legalized gay marriage nationwide in June 2015.

Moore has said his order was to advise judges on the status of an Alabama Supreme Court ruling from March 2015 upholding the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and to clear up confusion. But the Court of the Judiciary said it did not find that argument credible, finding that Moore sought to have probate judges defy the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

From the Liberty Counsel:

Liberty Counsel filed a 95-page brief on behalf of Chief Justice Roy Moore with the specially selected panel of judges at the Alabama Supreme Court. The brief contains an array of legal arguments against the charges brought against him by the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and the ruling by the Court of the Judiciary (COJ).

The brief argues that the JIC does not have jurisdictional authority to review administrative orders of the Alabama Chief Justice. Review of such administrative orders are sole prerogative of the Alabama Supreme Court. In this case, the Alabama Supreme Court did not take any action to modify, set aside, and overrule the Administrative Order of January 6, 2016, which is the sole basis of the JIC charges.

The COJ violated Rule 16 which requires a unanimous 9-0 vote to remove a judge from office. The 27-month suspension is a de facto removal and the COJ admitted it did not have the required nine votes to remove Chief Justice Moore. This action clearly violates Rule 16, and for this reason alone the decision by the COJ should be dismissed. The penalty of the permanent suspension from the bench is the most severe in the history of Alabama. The longest any judge has been suspended since Rule 16 was adopted in 2001 was six months.

From the Southern Poverty Law Center:

“The facts of this case are crystal clear. As Alabama chief justice, Roy Moore made a decision to advocate for his personal religious beliefs rather than fulfill his oath to uphold the United States Constitution. He told the state’s 68 probate judges to violate a federal court order.  In our opinion, the Court of the Judiciary got it right and was well within its authority to suspend Moore from the bench. The rule of law won the day.”

  • Todd20036

    Of course he did. It’s not like he has one whit of self reflection about obeying laws he has “issues” with

  • Lazycrockett

    God what a whiny little bitch.

    • Nic Peterson

      Must be a conservative.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Can’t Trump just nominate him to SCOTUS? That would just be the icing on the cake that 2016 has been.

    http://tosh.cc.com/blog/files/2013/02/poopcake2.jpg

    • Bill Post

      I feel strangly warm.

    • Treant

      Straight from the santorum factory.

    • ETownCanuck

      Oh I’m sure that’s probably his end game.

    • another_steve

      When my husband and I were planning our marriage celebration, we contacted various progressive bakers in the area to discuss our celebratory cake. It’s amazing what they’ll do for you, for the right money.

      One wanted to do a nice buttercream replica of the man and I engaged in fellatio.

      So I said, “Umm…no. We were thinking of something a bit more traditional.”

      • Nic Peterson

        Mmmmm, cake.

      • ColdCountry

        For the bachelor party, maybe, but weddings are family events! Where are their family values???

      • Todd20036

        A man and a woman having missionary sex?

        • another_steve

          Well, no.

          But understand that my husband’s 93-year-old cousin attended our marriage celebration (the family made special arrangements) and that we were careful/sensitive not to have anything more controversial than a rainbow-colored cupcake tree. 😉

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7c0ee11491cf52dc22e5d029972ff0c326c4f702c3e51934485f6ccb6e51bbf8.png

          • DonnaLee

            That’s just the festive I’d hope for. Were there other rainbow themes in the wedding?

          • another_steve

            We did rainbow-colored tablecloths. We had 14 tables in the ballroom with alternating rainbow-colored tablecloths.

            Our fag and lezzie invitees “got it” — the others, I dunno.

          • Strepsi

            i LOVE it

  • Frostbite

    I hope this gets tied up in the courts, for say 27 more months..

  • anne marie in philly

    FUCK YOU, you h8ing muthafucka! may your case be denied and may you NEVER hold another public office!

  • Silver Badger

    95 page “brief”,sounds like a conflict in terms.

    • Gianni

      It sounds ‘oxymoronish’ (yeah, I made that up, but the meaning is so clear.) 🙂

  • PickyPecker
  • Treant

    Sorry, kids, but they only suspended him. Sure, it’s technically a dismissal, but they’re also technically correct that it’s only a suspension.

    And technically correct is the best kind of correct when dealing with a slimy shit like Moore.

    • Diogenes Onionpants

      Seriously. It’s like a defendant arguing that a long prison term is effectively a death sentence & so should be thrown out for not following death penalty sentencing guidelines.

      No. That’s just not how things work.

    • Gianni

      Where is Judge Judy when you need her?

  • Cuberly
    • Oikos

      Stranger Things have happened.

    • ColdCountry

      I’m missing something.

      • Cuberly

        lol…it’s a character from the Netflix series Stranger Things. Her name is Eleven.

        • ColdCountry

          Thanks. Not having a tv I miss this sort of thing.

      • DaddyRay

        Her name is eleven

        • ColdCountry

          Thank you. An ‘in’ joke, like knowing why October 4th is Broderick Crawford day.

  • Just die already you faux-Christian grifter!

  • Silver Badger

    Roy lost his appeal many years ago.

    • Furface

      Actually, it deserted when the lights came on.

      • Gianni

        I noticed that every time it was closing time at the bar. Suddenly, the whole fantasy dissolves in the light.

    • Robincho

      You can’t lose something you never had…

    • Gianni

      😀 Excellent!

    • UrsusArctos

      Bingo! According to folks who grew up with him he never had any appeal. The same folks speak highly and lovingly of the rest of his family and enjoy their company. The same folks said Roy was an asshole from infancy.

      • Silver Badger

        There’s a country and western song about that.

  • Roy, sit down and shut up until Cheetolini nominates you to the Supreme Court.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      oh fuck, that’s like a 98% probability

      • Gianni

        I’d really, really, really, like to believe that the Senate wouldn’t let that one slide by them.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    OT- jesuzz
    Twitter was told it was “bounced” from Wednesday’s meeting between tech executives and President-elect Donald Trump in retribution for refusing during the campaign to allow an emoji version of the hashtag #CrookedHillary, according to a source close to the situation.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/donald-trump-twitter-emoji-crooked-hillary-232647

    • Joe in PA

      Over a fucking emoji. 🙁 SMFH.

    • Gianni

      Shitpile Trump is all about getting even. Is there anyone alive today who doesn’t realize that?

  • Lazycrockett

    The Daily Show and Noah in particular has found its groove.

    https://twitter.com/TheDailyShow/status/809161973401264128

    • BobSF_94117

      Trump isn’t where he is because he’s rich and white. Granted, they’re requirements, but hardly reasons.

      • NancyP

        Rich, white, knows the Barnum rule: There’s a fool born every minute.

      • MonochromeMouse

        That’s right, he is also Male.

        • Todd20036

          You sure about that? Hav you seen his penis? Has anyone?

          • MonochromeMouse

            No, but he’s assured us that all the best people agree it’s yuuuuuge.

          • Gianni

            I love penis, but really have no desire to see his, big or not.

          • Guy in CA

            Maybe Ivana, Marla and Melania, unless their prenup agreements required they be blindfolded during sex.

      • bkmn

        That is right, he got loans from daddy ($10M not the $1M he claims), got lines of credit guaranteed by daddy, got lines of financing arranged by daddy and daddy repeatedly paid off multiple multimillion dollar losses for Don the Con.

    • bkmn

      I also saw today that Trump has been lying about having an MBA from Wharton. He did attend Wharton for two years but did not obtain any degrees while he was there. The WaPo pointed out that he has been claiming to have an MBA for some time, much like Melania claimed she had a bachelors degree when she did not.

      • Robincho

        Melanoma meant to say she had every bachelor at Whoreton…

        • FAEN

          I know you meant it in a funny way and your comment made me chuckle but I have no beef with Melania(as far as her posing nude).I hate how some of the media are slut shaming her. It’s misogynistic and quite annoys me.

          • olandp

            I remember when the righties lost their shit when Michelle Obama showed her upper arms in public. And yet the conservative Christians said not a word about soft core lesbian porn pictures. It’s the hypocrisy.

          • FAEN

            They live in unashamed hypocrisy.

          • UrsusArctos

            I don’t like the slut shaming of her either. The nudity shouldn’t be what makes her an object of scorn. Being an immigrant with questionable legal entry into the US who is married to someone with her husband’s public (and private as witnessed on video) attitudes toward women/immigrants/non 0.0001% makes her entirely deserving of it.

          • j.martindale

            Sorry. She has done nothing but make herself rich off her looks. She tied up with a disgusting billionaire for money. That makes her a whore in my book.

      • FAEN

        The problem is Dumpsters followers don’t care. In fact they view this kind of behavior as role model worthy.

        • bkmn

          They won’t care but people with a functioning brain care and I am willing to bet that at least one of them will taunt Trump on twitter about it.

          • Grumpy Old Man

            Please,please,please!!!!!

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      • Grumpy Old Man

        On one of our weekly Sunday brunches, a woman was talking about her time at Harvard and when she went there. A little later someone asked me “She! went to Harvard???” I replied that I had listened to the entire story – some students had broght https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7682e27395844a9f2cbefb590dff87179a1572e959094a39622f9eecffbf3f14.gif her into their dorm room where they fucked for a couple nights. So, yeah she went to Harvard but….

  • dcurlee

    Face facts Roy you appeal to no one

  • bkmn

    This will be tossed in a few weeks since Roy is too cheap to hire a real lawyer. Liberty Console can’t win an argument with a used tissue.

  • BobSF_94117

    What? No job offer from Trump?

    • Oikos

      Give it time.

      • PickyPecker

        SCOTUS material

        • Martin

          That sounds highly probable. Sigh…

  • Bill_Perdue

    Why isn’t this insane, superstition driven creature in a mental health facility undergoing robust treatment to correct his insanity. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/46affe15464cb47c92ba92d0ac08bfb4eb4944817c1dd19f6d6e830783c66742.png

  • kevin vincent

    Hey Moore maybe you should focus on your Owb fucking family you are pretty much a failure as a parent given that your son was arrested AGAIN last month

  • Michael R

    Be careful , Mat Staver has God on his side this time .

    • Joseph Miceli

      Where was God all the other times? Duluth?

      • Stubenville

        Trenton.

  • TexasBoy

    Move along nothing to see here. Just a another fascist wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.

  • Martin

    OT: One Billion Yahoo Accounts Compromised, Again!

    http://www.businessinsider.com/yahoo-data-breach-billion-accounts-2016-12

    If you have an account with Yahoo, change your password now.
    If you used the same password elsewhere, change that one too.

    • bkmn

      Thankfully I never really used my yahoo account for anything other than porn groups, though I suppose Putin might enjoy looking at some hot gay porn.

  • Stubenville

    Well, given the track record of the Liberty Counsel, Moore should be applying for a Walmart greeter position.

    • Todd20036

      I was in a Walmart once. The greeter creeped me out.

      • Helen Damnation 🍑™

        Hey, let’s not pick on old people who have to work minimum wage jobs long after they should have been able to retire. Well hell, I guess we’ve kicked that idea to the curb a long time ago. I’m lucky; I have a younger lesbian sister who is taking care of me at the moment, but I think she’s secretly fattening me up for some “mystery meat” stew, but labeling it “venison”.

        • Stubenville

          Helen – no disrespect meant to the elders on this list (I’m getting up there myself.) But that greeter job has got to have the lowest qualifications of any job out there that I know.

          “Pulse?”
          “Check.”
          “You’re hired.”

  • FAEN

    Jesus! Separation of Church and State-not a hard concept to grasp Moore.

  • Robincho

    And meanwhile, Caleb continues his quest to be the Perfect Son…

  • Talisman

    95 pages of legal arguments…

    and it can all be summed up with, “I’m a Christian, and I deserve special treatment!”

  • JellyDonut

    how come the hateful bigots never die. you think they would pop an aneurysm or something..but no they won’t die.

  • Ninja0980

    Not this asshole again.

  • david fairfield

    Liberty Counsel, the hallmark of inferiority. “We’ve never won a case, but we try to make it seem as if we did, which is even better!”

    • Gianni

      Is it any wonder they often offer their services for free? Why would anyone want to pay to lose?

  • JOHN MAYOR

    A Hillary Clinton supporter in Los Angeles has sued the 538 members of the Electoral College in a last-ditch effort to prevent Trump from taking office, court papers show (see, John Birke Foxla(dot)com under Google!)!!
    .
    John S. Birke, a Los Angeles attorney, filed the federal complaint alleging that the electors’ votes for Trump are poised to violate the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment and the “fundamental principle of ‘one person, one vote’”!
    .
    Birke contends that unless the court issues injunctive relief, the members of the Electoral College on Dec. 19 “will effectively cause a single vote for Clinton to be valued less than a single vote for Trump,” thus violating the one person, one vote guarantee!
    .
    “Fundamental rights trump a procedure — no pun intended,” Birke said, further arguing that Trump’s election should not be allowed if Clinton is ahead in the popular vote!
    .
    The attorney said he reacted to Trump’s win with “absolute shock, disgust and horror — followed by two days of wanting to stay under the covers with the lights off.”
    .
    Birke said that, ideally, a single Clinton voter in every state would file an identical lawsuit in order to bolster his claims.
    .
    Please!… no emails!

  • WhiteJesus

    That is one damn ugly mofo.

  • Matt

    How did HE not get nominated for U.S. Attorney General? Seems right up Trump’s ally (which, ironically, is one things he’s so against).