[The Baptist judge outshines every single one of our bishops.]
Alabama was at the center of much national discussion concerning same-sex “marriage,” and at the center of much of that was Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. Moore first came to national attention regarding a Ten Commandments monument and was removed from office as a result. He ran for and won reelection and now has again been suspended for the entirety of his remaining term. This time, however, he will be unable to run for reelection because he is over the Alabama state age requirement.
AL.com reports reports:
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended from the bench for telling probate judges to defy federal orders regarding gay marriage.
It’s the second time Moore has been removed from the chief justice job for defiance of federal courts – the first time in 2003 for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.
The Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) issued the order Friday suspending Moore from the bench for the remainder of his term after an unanimous vote of the nine-member court.
“For these violations, Chief Justice Moore is hereby suspended from office without pay for the remainder of his term. This suspension is effective immediately,” the order stated.
The court found him guilty of all six charges of violation of the canons of judicial ethics. Moore’s term is to end in 2019, but because of his age, 69, he cannot run for the office again.
Via ABC 3340, the counts on which Moore was found guilty are as follows:
The 9-member judiciary court found Moore guilty of the following judicial ethics violations:
Canon 1 – Failed to uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary
Canon 2 – Failed to avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all of his activities
Canon 2A – Failed to respect and comply with the law and failed to conduct himself at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary
Canon 2B – Failed to avoid conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice that brings the judicial office into disrepute
Canon 3 – Failed to perform the duties of his office impartially; and
Canon 3A (6) – Failed to abstain from public comment about a pending proceeding in his own court
Moore was also taxed by the court for the costs of the proceedings.
Moore’s term ends January 2019. The Alabama Supreme Court will continue to act with eight members in his absence.
Moore’s full statement on the ruling:
Press release from Chief Justice Moore:
This decision clearly reflects the corrupt nature of our political and legal system at the highest level.
After the Attorney General of Alabama declined to prosecute this case, the JIC employed the former legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) which filed the charges against me, at a cost of up to $75,000.00 to the taxpayers of Alabama.
During the trial which lasted approximately four hours, the JIC produced no witnesses, no affidavits, and no evidence to meet their burden of proving by “clear and convincing” evidence that the Administrative order of January 6, 2016 violated the Canons of Judicial Ethics.
This was a politically motivated effort by radical homosexual and transgender groups to remove me as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court because of outspoken opposition to their immoral agenda.
This opinion violates not only the legal standards of evidence but also the rule of law which states that no judge can be removed from office except by unanimous vote.
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