Opinion | Is HB317 a return to the orgy of greed and corruption? 

February 6, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

At least it seemed for a moment that the cancer eating away at Alabama’s state government was in remission.

The rise of Gov. Kay Ivey and Speaker Mac McCutcheon after the removal of Gov. Robert Bentley and Speaker Mike Hubbard appeared to herald a new day in state politics. But in the State House, bills are offered that would reintroduce the same type of mischief that poisoned the system when Hubbard and Bentley were in office.

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Systematic Venality Renders State Government Suspect

October 31, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not Guilty’.”

Corruption is a pervasive reality in all branches of our State government, and our lawmakers and media selectively look away far too often.

In the Executive Branch, Governor Robert Bentley is under investigation by both Federal and State law enforcement.

The Judicial Branch is refusing to unseal court records in the case against Chief Justice Roy Moore.
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Will Chief Justice Roy Moore Be Denied Equal Justice?

October 24, 2016

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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Moore Says Ouster Was Politically Motivated

October 3, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, September 30, 2016, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended for the rest of his term, by the (unelected) Court of the Judiciary.

Chief Justice Moore said in a statement, “This decision clearly reflects the corrupt nature of our political and legal system at the highest level.”

Justice Moore said, “After the Attorney General of Alabama had declined to prosecute this case, the JIC employed the former legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) who filed the charges against me, at the cost of up to $75,000.00 to the taxpayers of Alabama. During the trial which lasted approximately four hours, the JIC produced no witnesses, no affidavits, and no evidence to meet their burden of proving by ‘clear and convincing’ evidence that the Administrative order of January 6, 2016, violated the Canons of Judicial Ethics.”
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Justice Moore’s Indictment and Trial

May 16, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The twice elected Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore faces removal from the bench, after ethics charges were filed against him by the appointed State’s Judiciary Inquiry Commission (JIC). Justice Moore will be tried by the Court of Judiciary, which is also appointed, and will be prosecuted by a private attorney paid for by JIC.

Judges in Alabama are elected by the people. In 2012, Moore was reelected as Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court, even though he was removed from that office nearly a decade ago.
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