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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Chief Justice Roy Moore files brief in appeal to Special Supreme Court

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has sent his first brief to the 7-member Special Supreme Court that will hear the appeals case over his suspension in September for violating judicial ethics.

The 95-page brief, filed by his attorneys at the Liberty Counsel on his behalf, argues that the Court of the Judiciary overstepped its authority by voting to suspend the Chief Justice for the remainder of his term. They say his suspension and the charges against him should be overturned. He first filed paperwork for his appeal in October.

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Hubris, secrecy and duplicity

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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