Roy Moore maintains innocence even after court rules against him

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 19, 2017, suspended Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore (R) had intended to chastise the Special Supreme Court for not deciding his case; but 45 minutes before the scheduled press conference in the old Alabama Supreme Court room in Alabama’s 1859 Capitol complex, the Court released its’ ruling upholding the Chief Justice’s suspension by the Court of the Judiciary (COJ).
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Mike Hubbard’s appeal trial may soon move forward

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN — Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s criminal appeals trial may soon move forward after Lee County Circuit Clerk Mary Roberson filed a long-awaited court record last week.

Roberson filed the court record, which includes all motions, orders and trial transcripts, on March 29 after several months of delays. The record totaled in at more than 7,800 pages, according to court documents.

Hubbard first filed his notice of appeal in October, but the process has been on hold pending the completion of the court record. The Circuit Clerk had previously noted that the filing would be “voluminous.”

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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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Hubbard appeal filing deadline extended again

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics conviction appeal has been delayed again.

On Monday, the Lee County Circuit Court asked for another time extension of 28 days to allow the Court Circuit Clerk to file the Court Record of Appeal. The Court of Criminal Appeals granted the extension Tuesday, giving the Lee County Circuit Court until March 1 to submit the record.

Hubbard’s case involves twelve felony ethics guilty charges, and, according to the Court documents, consists of “well over 550 filings” including motions, orders and other documents.  Circuit Clerk Mary Roberson said the filing will be “voluminous.”

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The shape of things to come?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Several decisions over the next few weeks and months could significantly affect Alabama’s future for generations. Among these are, the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions’ replacement, the Special Supreme Court’s ruling in Chief Justice Roy Moore’s appeal and the findings of the Montgomery Grand Jury concerning Governor Robert Bentley.

Bentley is publicly holding casting-calls to find Sessions’ replacement upon his confirmation as US Attorney General. From a novice State representative to Chief Justice Moore himself, Bentley is parading potential candidates around like beauty pageant contestants. Each day the press publishes an ever-expanding list of hopeful nominees. It seems more like a charade than a selection process. Identifying the next junior Senator from Alabama is serious business, with little in common with the spectacle it now seems to have become. Perhaps, Bentley is using the Senate interviews to line up support for the billion dollar prison bill he plans to push in a special legislative session. Perhaps it is simply to hide his real intentions. With this Governor, the only thing you know for sure is that you don’t know.
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JIC’s bogus, twisted excuses for denying records in Moore case

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Special Alabama Supreme Court appointed to hear the appeal of Chief Justice Roy Moore suspension on December 7, sent an order to the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) giving them fourteen days to show cause as to why the Motion to Intervene and Unseal filed by The Alabama Political Reporter should not be granted.

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The JIC on Monday, December 19, answered the court, claiming it had a constitutional mandate to keep all records confidential. So insistent on this position under the State’s 1901 Constitution, they cited the provision no less than five times.
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Seven Judges Appointed to Hear Moore’s Appeal

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, October 31, 2016, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) signed Executive Order Number 25. This Executive Order names, as Associate Justices, the seven judges who will constitute the Special Supreme Court that will hear the appeal of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R).

The complete list of the seven judges to hear Chief Justice Moore’s appeal include: H. Edward McFerrin, Robert G. Cahill, William R. King, John D. Coggin, Ralph A. Ferguson Jr., Lynn Clardy Bright, and James H. Reid Jr.
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Court Justices or Court Jesters?: The Mishandling of the Moore Case

By Hannah Ford

You know it’s bad when one of Chief Justice Roy Moore’s harshest critics (apologetically) writes in his defense.

You know it’s bad when Justices refuse to unseal a critical case.

You know it’s bad when the unethical behavior of acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart and her accomplices have Alabamians worried that they may not receive a fair trial in the State’s highest court.

On Thursday, Governor Robert Bentley and acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart came together to oversee the drawing of seven retired judges who will hear the appeal of suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore (because everyone knows Bentley and Stuart are totally trustworthy!). Before the eyes of the public and the media, fifty names were drawn at “random” and then the seven who will sit on the Special Court were drawn at random.
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Alabama Supreme Court’s Actions: Justice or Machiavellian Scheme

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and several justices on the Alabama Supreme Court are attempting, it appears, to avoid further unwanted scrutiny of their conduct in the case against Chief Justice Roy Moore.

The Commission, commonly referred to as the JIC, is hoping to steer clear of another growing controversy by dismissing the complaint against Associate Justice Tom Parker, who, like Chief Justice Moore, spoke publicly against same-sex marriage.
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Will Chief Justice Roy Moore Be Denied Equal Justice?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended for the rest of his term in office, which permanently removes him from the bench forever (Moore will be aged-out by a State statute that caps eligibility to run for a judgeship after 70).

The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to unseal the records in his case, denying the public the right to know all the facts that led to his suspension.
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