Lyn Stuart becomes State’s second female Chief Justice

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — For the first time in Alabama’s history, women are at the helm of two of the State’s Branches of Government.

On Wednesday, Gov. Kay Ivey appointed Associate Justice Lyn Stuart to lead Alabama’s judicial system as Supreme Court Chief Justice. Stuart, only the second woman to become chief justice in the state, had been serving as Acting Chief Justice since Chief Justice Roy Moore’s suspension in May 2016.

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Strange says Gorsuch will be confirmed before the end of the week

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Politcal Reporter

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the US Senate continued its debate on whether or not to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court to fill the seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia last year. US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) said that Senate Democrats have begun a talkathon to delay confirmation of Gorsuch, whom he called: “A mainstream judge.”

Sen. Strange said, “Tonight, the Democrats’ political theater over the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch continues. It’s disappointing to see a proud tradition of the Senate trampled by the Democrats for the sake of politics, especially over a mainstream nominee as eminently qualified as Judge Gorsuch.”
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Legal response filed in Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom Parker’s case

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A legal response has been filed for Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom Parker in his ethics case.

The Liberty Counsel, a conservative non-profit advocacy group, filed the legal response on Friday March 11, in Parker’s case.

The case was started when the Southern Poverty Law Center filed an ethics complaint against Parker for an interview he participated in. In October 2015, Parker went on a conservative talk radio program hosted by Bryan Fischer. Fischer is a member of the conservative group American Family Organization.
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Special Alabama Supreme Court approves Roy Moore’s cancellation of oral arguments

Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The Special Alabama Supreme Court has approved suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore’s request for cancellation of oral arguments for his appeals case.

In court documents, Moore cited “substantial financial hardship” for his cancellation. Since his suspension in September 2016, Moore has not received pay or benefits for his position as Chief Justice.

Moore’s request for cancellation was made in February. Now that it has been approved, the case will move directly into a decision based only on briefs given by Moore and the Alabama Court of the Judiciary.
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Suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore asks to cancel oral arguments

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has asked the Special Supreme Court tasked with hearing his appeal to expedite his case and decide his appeal on previously filed briefs.

In a motion filed Wednesday, Moore’s attorneys asked the Court to waive oral arguments and consider the appeal on its merits. Oral arguments were previously set for April 26, 2017.

Moore argues that the scheduling of oral arguments in April presents a great financial hardship for him and his family.

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Alabama’s gambling fight, Part III: Confusion in the courts

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Standing just outside of his lobbying office in Birmingham, former Gov. Bob Riley is shaking his head at my question, and smiling as if to indicate what I’m asking is possibly the craziest thing in the world.

Except, what I’m asking isn’t the craziest thing in the world. What I’m asking is something that has been told to me by three different people – respectable, knowledgeable people who have no clear reason to lie to me – and something that many other people believe or strongly suspect.
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Chief Justice files reply brief in judicial ethics appeal

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore on Wednesday filed a final written brief with the specially empaneled supreme court convened to hear his appeals trial.

The brief is Moore’s final filing before his appeal goes to oral arguments.

The 50-page brief, filed by Moore’s attorneys at the Liberty Counsel, reiterates many of Moore’s arguments in his September ethics trial and in his previous brief submitted in December.

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Alabama judicial override safe from Supreme Court review

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to Alabama’s system of judicial override for the death penalty from several death-row inmates in the State.

In a list of orders on pending cases released Monday, the Court denied certiorari in the case of Thomas Arthur v. Alabama. Arthur and two other death-row inmates petitioned the high court in November to review Alabama’s death row laws.

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Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The greatest challenge before the Alabama State Legislature when it returns in February is not the budget, schools or Medicaid. It is the slight of hand chicanery used to undermine the State’s ethics laws.

Since the conviction of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, a coordinated effort has been underway to weaken those laws, with particular focus on how they identify a “principal.” Read More

Alabama Supreme Court rules that unborn children are “human beings”

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Friday, December 30, 2016, the Alabama Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit against an OB/GYN accused of contributing to the death of a woman’s unborn child.

The court found that the trial court erred in dismissing Alabama resident Kimberly Stinett’s claim alleging the wrongful death of her unborn baby and granting summary judgement in favor of Karla Kennedy, M.D., on lack-of-proof-causation grounds. Read More

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