Sellers qualifies to run for Supreme Court associate justice

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Associate Justice Will Sellers qualified as a Republican Party for the primary election on June 5th, 2018. He will be running in Place 3. In May, Sellers was appointed to the Court by Gov. Kay Ivey after she appointed Lyn Stuart as Chief Justice following Roy Moore’s retirement to run for Senate.

“Serving on the Alabama Supreme Court is a tremendous honor, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue in that role for the next six years,” Sellers said.

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Tom Parker qualifies for chief justice

January 9, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom Parker was at Alabama Republican Party headquarters filing papers to qualify to run for chief justice.

“I am known as a strong social conservative,” Parker told reporters.

“With President Trump leading the fight to decentralize the federal regulatory state and restore our Tenth Amendment rights, the radical left is turning to blue cities in red states to move their agenda forward,” Parker said in a statement. “That’s why the Alabama Supreme Court needs strong, conservative leadership to push back against any unconstitutional infringement of citizens’ rights and why I’m running to provide that leadership.”

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Alabama Society of CPAs endorses Justice Sellers for Supreme Court

December 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants endorsed Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Will Sellers ahead of the 2018 Republican primary.

“I’m overwhelmed with the endorsement from the Alabama Society of CPAs,” Sellers said. “Accountants know first-hand of the need for a stable legal and regulatory environment for business to prosper and expand. I’m honored by their endorsement and gratified by the support of so many of their members.”

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Appointed Chief Justice Lyn Stuart to run for a full term

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Chief Justice Lyn Stuart (R) announced that she is seeking election as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Stuart has been a judge for 29 years and has served on the Alabama Supreme Court since 2001. She was appointed chief justice by Governor Kay Ivey (R) in April 2017, after former Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) retired to run for U.S. Senate.  Stuart was already an associate justice and had been the acting chief justice since Moore had been suspended for failing to order Alabama’s probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  When Ivey formally elevated Stuart, she appointed Montgomery attorney Will Sellers (R) to the Court to fill Stuart’s seat.

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Ivey-appointee Will Sellers to seek full term on Supreme Court

September 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Will Sellers announced that he will seek election for a full term on the court in 2018.

“I am grateful to Governor Kay Ivey for appointing me to the Alabama Supreme Court,” Sellers said. “I have now served three full months on the Court, and I intend to qualify to run in the June 2018 Republican primary.”

“Since my appointment, I have received an outpouring of support from my fellow lawyers and business leaders throughout Alabama,” Sellers said. “I thoroughly enjoy my work on the Court, and it is a privilege to serve alongside Chief Justice Lyn Stuart and the other associate justices. I know our work makes a big difference to the people of Alabama, who recognize the need for a strong judicial branch of government.”

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Chief Justice Lyn Stuart celebrates Constitution Day at AUM

September 20, 2017

By Chandler Walker
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Chief Justice Lyn Stuart paid a visit to Auburn University at Montgomery’s campus to celebrate the 228th anniversary of Constitution Day, which was actually this past Sunday, Sep. 17. Stuart, among others, engaged in a panel to discuss this year’s Constitution Day theme, “Freedom of Speech in our Democracy.” Other panel members present included: Dr. Nicholas Howard, an assistant professor in the political science and public administration Department; Dr. Linda Dennard, another professor in the same department; and David Hughes, also a professor in political science department, who acted as mediator.

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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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