Removal of Roy Moore
For the second time in his career as Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, Roy Moore has faced the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) over numerous violations of the Canons of Judicial Ethics and has been forcefully removed from office.
In 2003, Roy Moore was removed from office on ethics violations by the COJ when he refused to comply with a federal court order (in Glassroth v. Moore) to remove the 10 Commandments monument he had illegally installed on government property. Unfortunately, the voters of Alabama re-elected him back to office where he continued his methodical disruption of the judicial system.
In January of 2015, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a complaint against Roy Moore with the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC). The JIC found the complaint significant enough to forward the charges with the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) for disciplinary action. Moore was suspended from the bench while awaiting his trial with the COJ.
On January 12th 2016, a rally to remove Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore from office was held on the steps of the Alabama Supreme Court Building. At the end of the rally, a same-sex wedding was held right there on the steps to prove to all that marriage equality is now the law of the land.
Moore's trial was held on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 and we held another rally for his removal on the steps of the Alabama Supreme Court building. On Friday, September 30th, 2016 a Final Judgment was issued where Moore was suspended for the rest of his term without pay, and will be taxed with the costs of the proceedings.
On Wednesday October 11th, 2016, the acting Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Lyn Stuart sent two letters to the suspended Roy Moore. The first letter informs him that any of his personal mail will be held by the marshal and all official correspondence with the court will be opened and processed by court staff. The second letter asked him to pack up his office, and turn in his badge and keys.
During a single term, and after campaigning on a platform of anti-corruption and "family values" the Republicans in Alabama melted down all three branches of state government with an unprecedented hat-trick of corruption:
Executive Branch - Alabama "Luv Gov" Robert Bentley resigned the day of impeachment after a sex scandal with employee and pleaded guilty to campaign financial crimes.
Legislative Branch - Alabama Speaker of the House Mike "Greasy Palms" Hubbard sentenced to prison for corruption.
Judicial Branch - Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore removed from office for the second time on ethics violations.
In April of 2017, Moore announced he will run in the December Special Election for the US Senate seat that was vacated by Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III. We'll be watching, campaigning, and organizing against him and his corrupt and immoral cronies!