Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Faces Possible Removal From Bench
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore could once again be removed from the bench as the result of judicial ethics complaints filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) after he instructed state court judges to defy a federal court order and enforce the state’s unconstitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Ruling on the SPLC complaints, the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) announced today that it has filed ethics charges against Moore, setting up a trial in the Alabama Court of the Judiciary.
“Moore has disgraced his office for far too long,” said SPLC President Richard Cohen. “He’s such a religious zealot, such an egomaniac that he thinks he doesn’t have to follow federal court rulings he disagrees with. For the good of the state, he should be kicked out of office.”
Moore may be suspended pending the ruling by the Court of the Judiciary. If the court finds him guilty, he could be permanently removed from office, though the court could levy lesser sanctions.