Court rules in favor of Judge Tom Parker

September 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom Parker (R) won a major Federal court victory in his case challenging the Alabama judicial canons of conduct, which prevent a judge from exercising his free speech rights.

In a ruling issued by Judge W. Keith Watkins of the Middle District of Alabama in Parker v Judicial Inquiry Commission, the court found that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) complaint against Justice Parker was an attempt to have a government agency restrict Justice Parker’s free speech rights.

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Justice Tom Parker’s free speech suit continues

September 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, September 1, 2017 an Alabama Federal District Court rejected a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice, Tom Parker (R). Justice Parker is alleging that a complaint brought against him by the Montgomery based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) violated his free speech rights. The JIC and former Alabama Attorney General, Luther Strange (R) filed motions to dismiss Justice Parker’s suit, but the court rejected the motions to dismiss.   Justice Parker has stated a claim that the Alabama Canons of Judicial Ethics violate his First Amendment right to free speech.

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Government by default

June 12, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Currently, our State’s Governor, Chief Justice, and Attorney General were not elected to the positions they now hold.

These individuals obtained their current high status because of either scandal or corruption. Their ascendency by default is not meant to disparage these people in any way, but to highlight this unprecedented situation (As is the State’s junior U.S. Senator and an associate supreme court justice).
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The best “Justice” money could buy

May 1, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

When Gov. Kay Ivey announced that Lyn Stuart would lead Alabama’s Judicial system as Supreme Court Chief Justice, she said, “To ensure a continuity of leadership and a smooth transition that keeps the ship of State steady, I have appointed Justice Lyn Stuart as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.”

Stuart was appointed as Acting Chief Justice by then Gov. Robert Bentley after the Judicial Inquiry Commission suspiciously found probable cause to charge Chief Justice Moore with ethics violations that led to his removal from office. Stuart’s actions during the period in which she served as Acting Chief Justice would seem to cast a large shadow over the Ivey Administration’s campaign for transparency and honesty while righting the ship of State.
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Lyn Stuart becomes State’s second female Chief Justice

April 27, 2017

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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Tom Parker is running for Chief Justice

April 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Alabama: Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker (R) announced that he is running for Chief Justice.

Justice Parker said in a statement, “For twelve years I’ve been honored to serve as a strong, conservative voice on the Alabama Supreme Court. Today, I’m announcing my campaign for Chief Justice of Alabama in the 2018 Primary Election, to succeed Judge Roy Moore, who was unlawfully removed from office.”
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Who’s afraid of Roy Moore?

April 14, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Chief Justice Roy Moore has now served 11 months of his suspension—longer than any other judge in the history of the State of Alabama—without a ruling from the specially selected Supreme Court.

Moore waived his requests for oral arguments and asked for an expedited ruling in late February, 2017, and the Court granted these requests two weeks later. Despite these efforts to facilitate the process, Moore’s fate remains in limbo because the Special Supreme Court has failed to act.
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Constitutional Amendment to Strip Power from the Chief Justice Stalls in Committee

February 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 the Senate Judiciary Committee failed to give a favorable report to a proposed constitutional amendment that would have taken the power to appoint the Administrative Director of the Courts away from the Chief Justice. Instead the administrator would be appointed by a vote of the majority of the justices on the Supreme Court.

SB 105 was a Alabama Constitutional Amendment sponsored by Senator Greg Albritton (R from Bay Minette). Sen. Albritton told the committee that appointing the Administrative Director of the Courts would give more stability to the court system. The Chief Justices have come and gone in recent years and every time they change they appoint a new Administrative Director. This has created chaos with the courts. Acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart (R) supports this change.
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Hubris, secrecy and duplicity

December 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A Special Supreme Court of seven selected judges will hear the appeal of Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has been suspended without pay for the remainder of his term.

The same Special Supreme Court on December 7, issued a cause order demanding the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) show cause as “to why the Motion to Intervene and Unseal filed by The Alabama Political Reporter on October 19, 2016, should not be granted.”
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After more than a decade, Acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart receives back pay

December 12, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Since becoming Acting Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Lyn Stuart finally achieved something that took 12 years to accomplish. On September 7, 2016, Stuart received $17,651 in backpay from 2004, according to the Open Alabama Checkbook.

How did Stuart earn backpay from 12 years ago and how was Associate Justice Mike Bolin key to her receiving it?

Under Alabama Code Title 12-10A-1 (d)(1) and (2), effective October 1, 2000, all circuit and district judges, Supreme Court Justices, and judges of the appellate courts were given a yearly pay increase of “1.25 percent for every year that they have served as judges or justices of a state court to a maximum of 25 percent of the base salary,” reads the code.
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