Commission Files Six Charges Against Anti-Gay Judge
Alabama Chief justice Roy Moore has been suspended and faces possible removalÂ from office after a state commission Friday night charged him with six counts of ethics violations surrounding his actions against same-sex marriage. Moore in January ordered all probate judges in Alabama to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite the Supreme Court having ruled same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage.
The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission has forwarded those charges to theÂ Alabama Court of the Judiciary. That court will hear and rule on the charges.
Despite rulings by both a federal judge and later, the U.S. Supreme Court, “Moore instructed probate judges throughout Alabama to ignore those higher courts and to refuse to issue licenses to same-sex couples,” AL.com reports.
Moore and his attorney, the head of an anti-gay hate group, Liberty Counsel, last month held a press conference to explain his positions. He said,Â â€œtranssexualism is a known mental illness,â€ and claimed thereÂ “is nothing in writing that you will find that I told anybody to disobey a federal court order. Thatâ€™s not what I said.â€Â
Clearly, the JIC filed a differing opinion.
Friday night, Moore told AL.com,Â “The Judicial Inquiry Commission has chosen to listen to people like Ambrosia Starling, a professed transvestite and other gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, as well as organizations that support their agenda.”
He also claimed theÂ “Judicial Inquiry Commission has no authority over the administrative orders of the chief justice of Alabama or the legal injunctions of the Alabama Supreme Court prohibiting probate judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses,” meaning he does not recognize the JIC’s authority to prosecute a case against him.
For now, Moore is suspended.
UPDATE I â€“Â 10:37 PM EDT:
The full document charging Moore is 293 pages, although most are footnotes and supporting case law. You can read it here.
UPDATE II: 10:47 PM EDT â€“
The charges are damning. There’s no other way to put it. Legal experts will weigh in but it seems impossible at first glance that he will beat these charges.Â
Also, he might not care. Moore will run for governor and losing his job over this will solidify his base.
UPDATE III: 11:16 PM EDTÂ â€“
TheÂ Southern Poverty Law Center, which filed the complaint against Judge Moore, weighs in:
â€” SPLC (@splcenter) May 7, 2016
More from SPLC President Richard Cohen:
“Chief Justice Roy Moore has disgraced his office for far too long. Heâ€™s such a religious zealot, such an egomaniac that he thinks he doesnâ€™t have to follow federal court rulings he disagrees with. For the good of the state, he should be kicked out of office.”
AsÂ our ethics complaints lay out clearly, Moore has violated his oath of office and the Alabama Canons of Judicial Ethics multiple times.
He has urged state and local officials to violate a binding court order. He has repeatedly commented on pending cases. He has undermined the publicâ€™s confidence in the judiciary by denigrating the federal courts and complaining about what he has called â€œtyranny.â€
And, he has improperly lent the prestige of his office to a group called the Foundation for Moral Law, an organization that he founded and that his wife now operates.
UPDATE IV: 11:39 PM EDTÂ â€“
AL.com’s political reporter:
â€” Chuck Dean (@charlesjdean) May 7, 2016
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In First Interview Since Loss, Trump Goes Off the Rails and Suggests FBI Is ‘Involved’ in Stealing Election
In his first interview since losing to President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump repeated false claims about voter fraud and suggested that the FBI was “involved” in stealing the election.
Trump made the claims while speaking to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.
“They send millions and millions and millions of mail-in ballots,” Trump opined. “I’m sure you know people that got two, three, four — because I do. They got four ballots. They got one at a country home. Dead people were seeing ballots. But even worse, dead people were applying to get a ballot. They were making applications to get ballots. Many. And we’re not talking about 10 people, we’re talking — there are a lot of dead people that so-called voted this election.”
“This is total fraud,” he continued. “And how the FBI and Department of Justice — I don’t know, maybe they’re involved. But how people are allowed to get away with this stuff is unbelievable. This election was rigged. This election was a total fraud.”
Trump also suggested that the judicial system had been rigged against him.
“We go to judges and people don’t want to get involved,” Trump remarked to Bartiromo. “The media doesn’t even want to cover it. I mean, you’re doing something. You’re actually very brave.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Trump’s ICE Is Using Torture to Quickly Deport Africans Back to a Deadly War-Torn Country
The central African country of Cameroon is currently experiencing a four-year separatist conflict that has killed over 3,000 people and displaced half a million more with “extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, arbitrary and unlawful detention and torture.”
But Cameroonians who fled to the U.S. to seek political asylum here as refugees are experiencing torture as well from private prison guards and agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Louisiana and Mississippi.
A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center and Freedom for Immigrants includes six Cameroonians who say they were physically forced to sign deportation documents that they didn’t understand and threatened with choking, pepper spray, physical pain and prolonged detention if they refused.
One accuser said that ICE agents and private guards stripped him naked from the waist down, exposing his genitals and buttocks to a room of 10 people, while forcing him to sign. Others said they and other refugees were fed substandard food, subject to a humiliating full-body strip search, and housed alongside federal prisoners while waiting for their court proceedings.
If true, the actions would violate Louisiana state and federal law, the international Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, which the U.S. has ratified, as well as ICE’s own policies within its 2011 Performance Based National Standards, Newsweek reports.
Trump has deported anywhere from 94 or 116 Cameroonians back to their home country since October. The Cameroon government has detained refugees who return to their shore to interrogate them for any separatist ties.
Trump Is Already Planning a 2024 Run Just So Biden Won’t Get All the Press Attention
President Donald Trump is reportedly discussing launching his 2024 re-election campaign kickoff event on January 20 just to overshadow President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Yes, really.
The Daily Beast has cited three officials who Trump has reportedly discussed the idea with. He is assessing which big-dollar donors would support his bid and which political underlings would remain loyal to him just to benefit from whatever happens.
“Trump’s scheming about a future White House run is both an implicit recognition that he views his own current legal efforts as longshots and a reflection of his inherent desire to maintain political power and public attention,” The Daily Beast writes.
According to Bloomberg News, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, reportedly told Trump, “If you do that—and I think I speak for everybody in the room—we’re with you 100 percent.”
Trump still has yet to officially concede. On Thursday he told reporters, “It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud.” Trump has been unable to prove his repeated claims of “massive fraud” in over 30 lawsuits which have either failed, been dismissed or withdrawn by his own re-election campaign.
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