Judicial reform: Why the JIC and COJ must go in 2017

January 12, 2017

By Maggie Ford

On January 6, 2016, Chief Justice Roy Moore issued a factual and legal Administrative Order. Since then, we have seen the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) file charges against him because of it.

They also shared confidential information with The Montgomery Advertiser and The New York Times, and displayed a conflict of interest by using $75,000 of taxpayer money to hire the formal legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center – the organization that filed the original complaints – as their prosecuting attorney (despite the one they already had). Read More

Alabama citizens and poverty: Time for change?

December 29, 2016

By Maggie Ford

Eighteen and a half percent of Alabama residents live in poverty. That’s what the US Census Bureau published in 2015. We’re tied with Kentucky as the fifth poorest State in the Union. And it’s no joke that while some Alabamians are still complaining about the taste of their Christmas steak, some kids around the block are wondering where supper will come from.

We all know the routine: the chronically rich blame poverty on the bad habits of the chronically poor, and the chronically poor blame poverty on the oppressive systems of the chronically rich. It’s called the blame-game, and people have played it since the Garden of Eden. Read More

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