Prepare to choke on the irony. Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is seeking relief in federal courts because Alabama state courts are being mean to him. For the second time in his checkered career, Moore has been suspended from the Alabama Supreme Court, and he’s not happy.
“The charges against Chief Justice Roy Moore must be dismissed,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The JIC has no jurisdiction over an Administrative Order of the Chief Justice. Only the Alabama Supreme Court has jurisdiction, and that court agreed with the order.
“We are asking the federal court to strike down the automatic removal provision in the Alabama State Constitution and we are asking that Chief Justice Moore be immediately reinstated,” he continued.
The legal eagle in charge of this bizarre lawsuit is none other than Mat Staver, whose recent clients include serial monogamist and marriage equality opponent Kim Davis. Maybe that’s why it makes no sense at all.
Is Moore now saying that federal courts do have jurisdiction and can nullify actions of Alabama state courts and the state constitution? Because that’s a huge change in attitude and one that will surely bite him the next time he decides to defy federal court orders.
It was just a few lawsuits ago that Roy Moore was telling the state’s Probate Judges that Alabama’s state constitution trumped the US Constitution. And that, therefore, state officials should listen to state courts, not those godless federal judges bent on destroying our Southern Way Of Life.
It is clear that no other court in this State has the jurisdiction to provide the relief necessary in this most unusual of cases. There is a need for immediate, uniform relief among all the probate judges of this State, and no circuit court has jurisdiction over any probate judge outside its territorial jurisdiction…
What a difference a year makes. Or should we say… what a difference a judicial suspension makes!
Alabama doesn’t have a judicial impeachment mechanism; we have a process that (thankfully) takes the discipline out of the hands of state legislators.
Moore’s fighting back and asking federal courts for relief from the lawful process the Alabama State Constitution has in place to deal with judicial misconduct. Read that again and take a minute to laugh out loud.
And go pop some popcorn; this is going to be fun to watch.