Thursday, June 16, 2016

Judiciary Court Files Charges Against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

Chief Justice Roy S. Moore
The Alabama Court of the Judiciary on May 7 filed a complaint against Chief Justice Roy Moore for obstruction of the duty of Probate Judges to comply with the order of a federal court.  Moore has been suspended with pay. Moore  was previously removed for defiance of an order to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the courthouse.  He was reelected.  
The Court of the Judiciary complaint relates to a January 6, 2016 Administrative Order by Moore which - after Obergefell v. Hodges - declared "Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act [which]remain[s] in force and effect."
The Court asserts six counts of violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct, including Canon 2A for failure to respect  and comply with the law".

Moore's Liberty Counsel defenders filed a federal action to enjoin the suspension. See complaint.

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