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Alabama Appeals Court Justices Sworn In

Tom Parker is now Chief Justice

Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker is sworn in by Alabama Speaker of the House Mac Mcutcheon at the RSA Activity Center.   The new Chief Justice promised to make funding for the courts his number on priority. That’s the same problem previous Chief Justices have tried to solve, without success. The courts have laid off personnel in recent years because…

Trial Ends for Roy Moore; Judges have 10 Days for Verdict

The chief judge on an Alabama disciplinary panel says they’ll decide “as soon as possible” whether to remove Chief Justice Roy Moore from office. The nine-member Court of the Judiciary has concluded its hearing on allegations that Moore intentionally misused his office to try to block gay couples from marrying in Alabama. Chief Judge Michael Joiner said he did not…

Suspended Chief Justice, Roy Moore, Defends His Marriage Memo

Alabama’s suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore is defending his January memo to probate judges regarding same-sex marriage. The state’s Judicial Inquiry Commission has accused Moore of disrespecting the judiciary by telling judges the state’s injunction against gay marriage remained in effect despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that gays and lesbians have a fundamental right to marry. Moore responded in an…

Chief Justice Roy Moore Denies Refusing Gay Marriage

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is asking a state judicial panel to dismiss ethics charges against him, saying he never told probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples. Moore on Tuesday filed his response to accusations that he violated judicial ethics with a 2016 administrative order, six months after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage. His…

Alabama Justice Files Lawsuit over Speech Restrictions

A bench ally of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has filed a federal lawsuit challenging what he called the state’s unconstitutional restrictions on judges’ speech. Associate Justice Tom Parker filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the state’s Judicial Inquiry Commission. The lawsuit challenges speech restrictions in the canons of judicial ethics. The Southern Poverty Law Center in 2015 filed a…

Suspended Chief Justice has More Time to Respond to Ethics Charges

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has gotten additional time to respond to judicial ethics charges that could result in his ouster. Holly Meade, a spokeswoman for Moore’s attorney, says the Alabama Court of the Judiciary granted a 14-day extension of the deadline for him to file a response to the charges. Monday was the original deadline. The new deadline…

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is Suing State Agency

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suing the state agency that filed ethics charges against him. Attorneys for Moore filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission. The suit asks a court to order Moore’s immediate reinstatement as head of Alabama’s court system. The suit says a law that led to Moore’s automatic suspension when charges…

Former Federal Magistrate Hired to Prosecute Roy Moore

A former federal magistrate will prosecute suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on judicial ethics charges. The Judicial Inquiry Commission said Thursday it has hired John Carroll to prosecute allegations that could lead to Moore’s removal. Carroll was a federal magistrate before becoming the law school dean at Samford University, where he still teaches. An attorney for Moore is criticizing…

Alabama GOP Passes Resolution to Support Chief Justice Roy Moore

The Alabama Republican Party has passed a resolution to support suspended state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. Alabama GOP officials said in a statement Monday that the party passed a resolution in opposition to Moore’s potential removal from office. A Judicial Inquiry Committee complaint against Moore stems from a January order he sent to probate judges saying an Alabama…

Chief Justice Roy Moore’s Wife to Speak at Sanctity of Marriage Rally

Courtesy of Sanctity of Marriage Alabama Facebook Sanctity of Marriage Alabama announced Thursday that Kayla Moore (wife of Chief Justice Roy Moore and President of the Foundation for Moral Law) and State Senator Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) will be among the speakers to address supporters of Chief Justice Roy Moore at a statewide rally on Saturday. Friends of Chief Justice Moore,…