Suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore asks to cancel oral arguments

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has asked the Special Supreme Court tasked with hearing his appeal to expedite his case and decide his appeal on previously filed briefs.

In a motion filed Wednesday, Moore’s attorneys asked the Court to waive oral arguments and consider the appeal on its merits. Oral arguments were previously set for April 26, 2017.

Moore argues that the scheduling of oral arguments in April presents a great financial hardship for him and his family.

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Mayor: Suspended judge was disadvantaged by punishment

By Josh Moon

Alabama Political Reporter

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said Thursday that suspended Municipal Court judge Lester Hayes had been “disadvantaged” by his suspension from the bench for locking up indigent defendants, which was one reason the City of Montgomery signed Hayes to a consulting contract.

“He couldn’t work as a judge, he couldn’t work as an attorney – he was really disadvantaged in that way,” Strange said. “So, we thought we could give him an opportunity to help us with some of our legal work.” Read More

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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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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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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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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Thanksgiving Day brings little to be thankful for in State government

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For those who honestly care about the future of our State, there are few bright spots this Thanksgiving. Even as we engage in polite conversation over turkey and dressing or pecan pie, the subject will naturally turn to the state of the State.

While, “Who will replace Senator Jeff Sessions and the political dominos to follow” is a fun parlor game, it’s the nagging reality that Governor Robert Bentley used the tools of government to destroy political enemies, carry on an affair and deceive the public, that is the “Sword of Damocles” hanging over our State.
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Will Chief Justice Roy Moore Be Denied Equal Justice?

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’s Court Records: What Are They Hiding?

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—All the records related to the suspension of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore are currently being held under seal. On Wednesday, The Alabama Political Reporter, through its attorneys Ed and Morgan Cunningham, filed to intervene in the case, seeking an order to unseal all of the documents.

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“We believe the public not only has a right to know, but the court has a duty to allow the public access to these records,” said Editor in Chief Bill Britt. “I find it deeply troubling that they suspended the Chief Justice and is keeping the details from citizens and the press.”
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Moore Asks That Media Demand His Case Be Unsealed

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore issued a statement urging the unsealing of the case that underlies his motion for the recusal of certain current and former Supreme Court justices.

Chief Justice Moore stated, “The public is entitled to know what the Alabama Supreme Court has done in secret and to understand why the justices that participated in Case No. 1150818 are disqualified, not only from ruling on my appeal but also from playing any part in selecting replacement justices.”
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