Moore campaign threatens to sue anti-Moore super PAC Highway 31

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Roy Moore Senate campaign blasted an ad paid for by the Highway 31 super PAC as “patently false.”

The campaign announced in a statement that they have issued cease and desist letters demanding that television stations remove the ad from the air immediately.

The letter specifically calls out the ad for what the Moore campaign says are its “quoting third-hand gossip and repeating outright falsehoods.”

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Roy Moore takes commanding lead in Alabama Senate race

August 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

 Monday, August 21, 2017, the first poll conducted, since the Alabama Senate primary, was released and it shows Judge Roy Moore with a commanding lead over incumbent Senator Luther Strange (R) in the upcoming Senate Republican primary runoff. The JMC Analytics poll conducted between August 17 and 19 among likely Republican voters found that in the upcoming runoff Judge Moore leads with 51 percent support to just 32 percent for Strange with 17 percent of voters still undecided.

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Roy Moore maintains innocence even after court rules against him

April 20, 2017

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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Chief Justice files reply brief in judicial ethics appeal

February 2, 2017

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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Moore says he will accept appointment to Senate

January 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Thursday, January 12, 2017, suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) told WIAT that he will accept Governor Robert Bentley’s appointment to the United States Senate, should he be chosen.

“I would be honored to accept such a position, if offered,” Moore said. “I think that I have the qualifications for such. I know the Constitution. I understand the Constitution, the role of the courts in the Constitution, and the role of the Legislature in the Constitution. I think this is a time in my life where, perhaps, I am ready for that.” Read More

Court of the Judiciary finds Montgomery judge guilty of violating judicial ethics

January 6, 2017

Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Alabama Court of the Judiciary on Thursday found Montgomery Municipal Judge Les Hayes guilty on seven charges of violating the Canons of Judicial Ethics in connection to his use of a questionable private-probation company.

The Court, the Judicial Inquiry Commission and Mr. Hayes’ attorneys reached a plea agreement on Jan. 5.

With the agreement, Hayes was found guilty of counts one through seven of the complaint filed by JIC and will be suspended without pay for 11 months. The suspension will include time served since Mr. Hayes was suspended automatically in November when the Judicial Inquiry Commission first filed charges against him.

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Moore allies file amicus briefs

December 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, December 20, 2016, four amicus briefs have been filed on behalf of suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore (R), who is appealing his judicial suspension by the Court of the Judiciary (COJ) in September for the remainder of his term, which ends January 2019.

One brief was filed by the United States Justice Foundation. That brief states that it was improper to use Chief Justice Moore’s 2003 case as evidence of his intent to order probate judges to disregard federal orders in this case, and that the text of the Administrative Order at issue in this appeal does not support the COJ’s conclusions. They claim that the JIC did not meet its burden to establish Justice Moore’s guilt by clear and convincing evidence. Read More

Eight Alabama judges file amicus brief supporting Roy Moore

December 16, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, December 14, 2016, eight current and retired Alabama judges filed an amicus curiae in support of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) who is suing the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) over his recent suspension.

The judges state several points…

First they are subject to the same disciplinary standards and process used by the JIC and the Court of the Judiciary (COJ) in the Moore case and could conceivably be subject to investigation and disciplinary action in the future.
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Moore Defense asserts JIC exceeded authority

December 15, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, lawyers for suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) filed a 95-page brief with the specially selected panel of judges at the Alabama Supreme Court.

Moore is represented by Liberty Counsel. The Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel Mat Staver said, “The brief dismantles the trumped up charges against Chief Justice Roy Moore. The JIC did not have the authority to review the Administrative Order. That authority belongs only to the Alabama Supreme Court and that court did not modify or overrule that order. Any objective review of this case must conclude that Chief Justice Moore did nothing wrong and should have never been charged. The JIC violated the rule of law and the COJ shamefully violated clear law when it de facto removed Chief Justice Moore when the order admits the court did not have the required unanimous vote to remove.”
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Alabama Supreme Court demands JIC provide reason for keeping Moore case sealed

December 8, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the Alabama Supreme Court has 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.

The JIC sealed all the file on their case against Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore (R). Normally cases are sealed to protect the privacy of the accused; but Chief Justice Moore has consistently stated that he wanted the case unsealed and made public.
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