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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended for Rest of His Term Over Defiance on Gay Marriage – WSJ

“A disciplinary court suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for the remainder of his term Friday for violating judicial ethics in his defiance of federal court rulings on same-sex marriage.

The decision marks the second time the Court of the Judiciary, a nine-member panel made up of judges, lawyers and others, has sanctioned the chief justice, a onetime gubernatorial candidate known for his outspoken socially conservative views. In 2003, the court removed him from office for refusing to withdraw a Ten Commandments monument from a state judicial building. This time, the court didn’t formally remove him from office, but suspended him without pay for the remainder of his term, which expires in 2019. Because of his age, 69 years old, he will be barred under state law from running for chief justice again.”

Source: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended for Rest of His Term Over Defiance on Gay Marriage – WSJ

12 comments on “Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended for Rest of His Term Over Defiance on Gay Marriage – WSJ

  1. john zande
    October 1, 2016

    Alabama… why am I not surprised?

    Liked by 2 people

  2. acflory
    October 1, 2016

    I read this and I despair. Not about the state of marriage equality in the US but about the lack of it here in Australia. Alabama is notorious for its, shall we say conservative views, yet even in Alabama the US is making marriage equality /stick/.

    Then look at Australia. We talk and talk and talk, but nothing happens except more talk…and a plebescite to rile things up and drag things out even more. Grrr….

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  3. foolsmusings
    October 2, 2016

    Sad thing is that this is the second time. I’m sure next election he’ll get voted in again.


  4. docatheist
    October 2, 2016

    It’s a start, but it isn’t enough. There needs to be serious enough punishment to set an example. Otherwise, laws will seem either applied only to the poor and politically-not-connect, or else laws will seem like something anyone can ignore. When someone of that judge’s stature gets away with what he’s done, a slap on the wrist is incitement for more judges to follow his footsteps instead of the law.

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  5. Godless Cranium
    October 2, 2016

    Glad there was disciplinary action. As a judge you would think he would know that he can’t selectively apply the law based on his own personal views.


  6. clubschadenfreude
    October 2, 2016

    I wonder how hard ol’ Roy prayed for this decision to be different, and what excuses he’s making for his failure.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. appletonavenue
    October 2, 2016

    Of course he’s from the South. Good riddance.

    Liked by 1 person

    • OMG! Where are you now? How are you now?


      • appletonavenue
        October 7, 2016

        Thanks for asking. I’m hanging in there, still in California, dealing with son’s addictions and mental health. Not an easy task to wend my way through rules and red tape. I’m blogging again about this very issue.


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