JIC’s bogus, twisted excuses for denying records in Moore case

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Special Alabama Supreme Court appointed to hear the appeal of Chief Justice Roy Moore suspension on December 7, 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.

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The JIC on Monday, December 19, answered the court, claiming it had a constitutional mandate to keep all records confidential. So insistent on this position under the State’s 1901 Constitution, they cited the provision no less than five times.
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The shadowy autocracy of the JIC, the State Supreme Court and the legal elites

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Two State Senators are offering constitutional amendments that would rein in the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and the Court of the Judiciary (COJ).

The JIC was created to investigate, receive, initiate complaints leveled against sitting judges, and the COJ was formed to hear cases that the JIC felt needed to be adjudicated. In simple terms, the JIC acts as a prosecutor and grand jury, while the COJ is judge and jury.
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Alabama Supreme Court’s Actions: Justice or Machiavellian Scheme

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and several justices on the Alabama Supreme Court are attempting, it appears, to avoid further unwanted scrutiny of their conduct in the case against Chief Justice Roy Moore.

The Commission, commonly referred to as the JIC, is hoping to steer clear of another growing controversy by dismissing the complaint against Associate Justice Tom Parker, who, like Chief Justice Moore, spoke publicly against same-sex marriage.
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Justice Moore’s Future Rests With Politically Appointed Court

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The fate of Chief Justice Roy S. Moore now rests with the Court of the Judiciary, an appointed body consisting of judges, lawyers, and private citizens. Those nine political appointees are Moore’s judge and jury and will return its verdict within ten days.

But perhaps Justice Moore’s indictment and subsequent trial belies a deeper question of about why the State grants a secretive commission comprised of political appointees with the power to indict an elected judge?
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HB257 On House Calendar

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

House Bill 257 sponsored by state Representative John Knight (D-Montgomery), which some have called the “Star Chamber bill,” is on the calendar to be considered on the floor of the full Alabama House of Representatives.

According to the synopsis, “This bill would create the Joint Legislative Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability to provide continuous legislative oversight of all state government operations. This bill would provide for the membership, compensation, powers, and duties of the committee. This bill would authorize the committee to review expenditures by state agencies and other entities and investigate, in detail, whether funds are expended for the programs or purposes for which they were appropriated by the Legislature.  This bill would authorize the committee to offer formal suggestions to state agencies and other entities to correct operational deficiencies identified by the committee and would allow the committee to direct the Chief Examiner of Public Accounts to conduct an audit, review, or examination of any state agency or other entity under certain conditions.  This bill would also authorize the Department of Finance to modify the planned expenditure of funds by state agencies and other entities upon advice and consent of the Joint Legislative Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability and would prohibit certain interagency agreements unless notice is provided by the Governor to the committee.”
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