At least one Alabama same-sex couple applying for a marriage license was not only denied, but handed the illegal order of Judge Roy Moore, while other offices follow Judge Moore and refuse to follow the law.
In Alabama, same-sex couples are marrying across the state, so far with little evidence of protest. But not all same-sex couples are being allowed their right to marry. Despite the Supreme Court finally respondingÂ to Alabama’s request to extend a federal judge’s stay that expired this morning, some probate judges are refusing to follow the law, the constitution, and a federal judge’s orders.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore late Sunday evening issued a stern and lengthy directive to all probate judges in the state, whom he claims report directly to him, forbidding them to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Many judges have defied Moore’s likely illegal order and issued licenses and married couples, but some, likeÂ Probate Judge Hardy McCollumÂ in Tuscaloosa County are not only following it to the letter, but handing it to same-sex couples.
â€” Jen Drouin (@jendrouin) February 9, 2015
Tiffany Morrison and Melina Akens went to the courthouse and waited for the doors to open at 8:30 AM. When they did, the “two women who both workÂ at the Tuscaloosa Police Department entered together and asked for a marriage license,” AL.com reports. “A clerk refused to issue them one and instead handed them a summary of the order Moore issued Sunday night prohibiting probate judges statewide from granting licenses to same-sex couples.”
JudgeÂ McCollum was only too happy to discuss the issue with the press.
â€” Leigh Garner (@reporterleighg) February 9, 2015
“The Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court gave some direct orders to the probate offices that we should not and are not to issue same-sex marriage licenses,” McCollum told reporters. “He being the chief administrative and judicial officer for the state of Alabama, we are held to his order and we’re going to comply with his order. “
Morrison and Aken were not the only ones affected byÂ McCollum’s defiance. A same-sex couple, married in Vermont inÂ 2012, attempted to have their legal civil marriage recognized by the State of Alabama Monday also. They were treated the same, with a refusal byÂ McCollum’s office and a copy of Moore’s order.
McCollum is not alone in his refusal to obey the law.
Elmore County Probate Judge John Enslen, and others are refusing to obey the law.
Rural counties near large AL metros (Bham, Huntsville, Montg’y) not issuing licenses: Calhoun, Tuscaloosa, Shelby, Lee, Morgan #ALMarriage
â€” SPLC (@splcenter) February 9, 2015
Just confirmed that NO marriage licenses will be issued for the time being to either same sex or straight couples in Cullman.
â€” Lauren Morrison (@lmorrison48) February 9, 2015
Lee County even taped Moore’s order to the office door.
Lee County Probate Judge’s office has Chief Justice Moore’s order posted on the door pic.twitter.com/j2md8m0lRC
â€” Allen Henry (@AllenHenry) February 9, 2015
Image via Twitter
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Justice Clarence Thomas Believes Media Criticism of Decisions ‘Jeopardizes Any Faith’ in the Supreme Court
Justice Clarence Thomas complained about the harsh criticism the Supreme Court has received since allowing a controversial anti-abortion law to go into effect in Texas.
Thomas delivered the 2021 Tocqueville Lecture at the University of Notre Dame on Thursday, where he complained about media criticism, The Washington Post reported.
“I think the media makes it sound as though you are just always going right to your personal preference. So if they think you are anti-abortion or something personally, they think that’s the way you always will come out. They think you’re for this or for that. They think you become like a politician,” Thomas said.
“That’s a problem. You’re going to jeopardize any faith in the legal institutions,” he said.
A second Post report on the speech noted Thomas’ remarks on the ongoing mistrust of the court.
“The court was thought to be the least dangerous branch and we may have become the most dangerous,” Thomas said. “And I think that’s problematic.”
The newspaper noted the lecture was interrupted by protesters who yelled, “I still believe Anita Hill.”
‘Genius’ Madison Cawthorn Mocked for Claiming the Constitution Prohibits Airlines From Requiring Vaccinations
U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn is once again being mocked, this time for yet again not understanding the very basics of American democracy.
On Thursday the Republican from North Carolina claimed it is “illegal” and unconstitutional for airlines to require passengers to be vaccinated, because “you actually have a constitutionally protected right to free, unrestricted travel within the United States.”
That last part has a tiny shred of truth to it. Just not in the way Congressman Cawthorn thinks.
Constitutional scholar Madison Cawthorn says it would be illegal for airlines to require vaccines because, “you actually have a constitutionally protected right to free, unrestricted travel within the United States.” pic.twitter.com/CgzrUy7wU0
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) September 16, 2021
Anyone could take a minute to come up with arguments why his claim is false, including that anyone driving a car is required to have a driver’s license and insurance, and wear a seat belt.
The freshman Congressman was quickly mocked:
Ya think the Founding Fathers signed up for Frequent Flyer miles?
— Lori Kramer (@lorikramer58) September 16, 2021
And your body patted down.
— annned (@flowerpowernan) September 16, 2021
Little known fact: James Madison was the author of the Free Airline Travel Clause of the Constitution. Talk about foresight. https://t.co/7y3zthr00E
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) September 16, 2021
I do remember reading that the Founding Father’s said everyone should fly freely. I’m still unsure if they meant airlines should be free or we should all get high. Anyway, I’m sure a genius like Cawthorn will clear it up for me
— Becky-lou-lou 💉💉 (@ruatwitt) September 16, 2021
Next up from Cawthorn: why do airlines charge for seats because the Constitution guarantees free travel.
— REDACTED Human Scum/hand washer/mask wearer (@mrshellwinger) September 16, 2021
So airlines having been illegally charging “air fare” for decades? Thank God Cawthorn broke open this scandal!
— Nancy Rutman (@NRutman) September 16, 2021
Even if you have a constitutional right to fly on a privately owned & operated airline (you don’t), that right is subject to reasonable regulation by both the private owner & a regulating govt agency. As long as the reg has a reasonable basis, it is valid.
Cawthorn is an idiot.
— King Clip-on Tie (@RichardClip) September 16, 2021
29 Months Later Bill Barr’s Super Secret Russia Special Counsel Files His Second Indictment – for Alleged Lying
In April of 2019 then-Attorney General Bill Barr ordered the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut to open and lead an investigation into Russia – not into how Russia has been attacking the United States via cyber warfare, undermining Americans’ trust in American institutions, and using social media to do it, but into whether or not the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been warranted in opening an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, including its investigation of Donald Trump.
On Thursday, 29 months after Barr first appointed John Durham (photo, right) to lead that super-secret investigation, 11 months after Barr secretly turned Durham into a special counsel to ensure the investigation would continue past his and Trump’s tenure, and after spending untold millions of taxpayer dollars, the Dept. of Justice has announced Durham has obtained a second indictment.
“A prominent cybersecurity lawyer was indicted on a charge of lying to the F.B.I. five years ago during a meeting about Donald J. Trump and Russia, the Justice Department announced on Thursday,” The New York Times reports.
The lawyer, Michael Sussmann, “of the law firm Perkins Coie, which has deep ties to the Democratic Party — is accused of making a false statement about his client at the meeting.”
Mr. Sussmann’s defense lawyers have denied the accusation, saying that he did not make a false statement, that the evidence he did is weak and that who he was representing was not a material fact in any case. They have vowed to fight any charge in court.
At issue is who was Sussman working for when he “relayed concerns by cybersecurity researchers who believed that unusual internet data might be evidence of a covert communications channel between computer servers associated with the Trump Organization and with Alfa Bank, a Kremlin-linked Russian financial institution.”
Apparently not at issue is if the Trump Organization or campaign had a secret communications channel to a Kremlin-linked organization.
Frequent viewers of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow are likely familiar with her reporting on Alfa Bank, including this segment from October 2018:
Durham has not obtained any indictment against anyone in Russia, any Russian operatives, any Trump Organization or campaign official, or anyone who may have been involved in Russia’s attack on the United States.
The only other indictment Durham has obtained from his two-plus year investigation? The Times in 2019 reported on a “low-level” FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, who “altered an email that officials used to prepare to seek court approval to renew the wiretap,” on Carter Page, a Trump campaign advisor.
One expert calls the indictment “weak.”
I don't think Durham is politically motivated, but this seems weak and hardly justifies his long investigation. Also a good reminder about the peril of talking to the FBI.
WaPo: Indictment issued. https://t.co/AYAUSodiMs
— Ross Garber (@rossgarber) September 16, 2021
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