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BREAKING: Roy Moore Suspended by Disciplinary Court for Remainder of His Term

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Court Finds Chief Justice Guilty of Core Ethics Violations

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has just been found guilty of six core ethical “canons” by the state’s top disciplinary court and will be suspended for the remainder of his term, which ends in 2019, effective immediately. Moore’s letter instructing all state probate judges to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples led to the charges. Due to his age, Moore is not able to run for re-election.

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) has just handed down its ruling after hearing charges brought by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC), which recommended Moore be removed from the court.

“For these violations, Chief Justice Moore is hereby suspended from office without pay for the remainder of his term. This suspension is effective immediately,” the order, according to AL.com, reads. 

Moore, WVTM reports, was found guilty of violating the following canons:

  • Canon 1, failing to uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary
  • Canon 2, failing to avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all his activities
  • Canon 2A, failing to respect and comply with the law and failed to conduct himself at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary
  • Canon 2B, failing to avoid conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice that brings the judicial office into disrepute
  • Canon 3, failing to perform the duties of his office impartially
  • Canon 3A(6), failing to abstain from public comment about a pending proceeding in his own court.

In January Moore issued a letter claiming that both a federal judge’s order allowing same-sex couples to marry in Alabama, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Obergefell did not mean that same-sex couples could legally wed in Alabama.

He can appeal to his own court, the Alabama Supreme Court.

The Southern Poverty Law Center had filed several complaints against Moore, the last led to the ethics charges which removed him today.

This is the second time Moore has been removed as Chief Justice. The first was in 2003, over his refusal to remove from the courthouse a stone monument to the Ten Commandments, which he himself had had installed. He won his position back in an election in 2012. 

Moore is believed to want to run for governor.

UPDATE I: 12:15 PM EDT –
GOP Gov. Robert Bentley, himself facing impeachment on charges including misuse of funds, will name a replacement for Moore.

UPDATE II: 12:22 PM EDT –
The Court’s 50-page ruling, which unfortunately actually begins by questioning the Obergefell decision, can be read here.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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LIES AND THE LYING LIARS THAT TELL THEM

Marjorie Taylor Greene Lies Pending LGBTQ Equality Bill Has ‘Completely Canceled Women’ and ‘Destroyed Women’s Rights’

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Monday used her time to address the House of Representatives by lying to her colleagues and attacking the LGBTQ Equality Act.

The legislation, which passed the House but has not been debated in the Senate or even voted on, much less signed into law, “has completely destroyed women’s rights,” and “has completely canceled women,” the QAnon Congresswoman lied.

The Equality Act, she continued, “has taken away women’s rights in sports,” which is also false.

“It has completely canceled women and I think it’s a terrible thing that’s happened to the women in America who have come so far, our grandmothers and mothers worked so hard to achieve our rights. And now with the passage of the Equality Act they have put men in our little girls bathrooms, sports, locker rooms, playing fields, and seem to care less about women’s rights whatsoever.”

Again the Equality Act has only passed the House, not the Senate, nor has it been signed into law, so it has not been enacted.

“They’ve also completely destroyed religious freedoms and and violated our freedoms and rights in every single way,” she insisted, not naming who “they” are.

“The Equality Act is atrocious and evil,” she said, repeating the false claim she has made several times. “It completely erases gender, that God created us ‘male and female in his image.’ He created us. Women deserve their rights, we deserve our sports, we deserve our privacy, and should not have the invasion of biological men in any of these areas.”

Green has been trying to remake herself from a conspiracy theorist and QAnon promoter to a far right religious extremist anti-choice activist. Her diatribe on International Women’s Day did little to advance that goal, or any other cause.

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RIGHT WING HYPOCRISY

‘Dishonest Weasel’ Tom Cotton Slammed Over Rant Attacking Biden COVID Relief Bill That Sends Check to ‘Boston Bomber’

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Tom Cotton, The 1619 Project

A noted fact-checker is among those criticizing U.S. Senator Tom Cotton after the Arkansas Republican was caught lambasting President Joe Biden’s COVID relief bill that will send a check to the “Boston Bomber.”

Cotton, in a multi-day rant, attacked Democrats and President Biden’s American Rescue Plan that no Republican in the Senate voted for at all – Republicans in the midst of a year-long pandemic voted to not give any help to the American people. The bill, like the two Trump-era bills before it, does not exclude people in prison. As many on social media noted people in prison also have families and are also affected by the pandemic.

The Senator from Arkansas, who has 2024 presidential ambitions, posted tweets like these pointing out, in the most extreme manner possible, that prisoners will be getting checks.

Cotton, as CNN’s Daniel Dale and others have noted, did not vote for Biden’s relief bill but he did vote, twice, for President Donald Trump’s COVID relief bills, which also sent checks to those who are incarcerated.

He then tried to blame a “liberal” federal judge for prisoners receiving checks.

“They’re saying, ‘CARES—which passed unanimously—also sent checks to prisoners.’ But they’re leaving out that this is only because a liberal federal judge mandated it over the government’s objections, *months after the bill passed.*”

Dale was not letting that go by unchallenged.

“Nope,” the CNN fact checker tweeted. “Prisoners got checks from the Trump-signed, Cotton-backed CARES Act *because nothing in the law said prisoners shouldn’t get checks.* Post-signing, the IRS declared No Prisoners Allowed. The judge overturned the IRS because the law didn’t say that.”

Cotton then again went ballistic with another “Boston Bomber” tweet attacking Democrats.

And other “murderers.”

“Cotton’s attack on Democrats was echoed by North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn on Twitter on Sunday,” Dale writes at CNN. “Fox News, meanwhile, turned Cotton’s tweets into an ominous headline on the front page of its website: ‘FUNDING CONVICTED KILLERS. Democratic COVID bill gives mass murderers taxpayer money right out of your pocket.'”

It did not go well for him.

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RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM

Mike Pence Chooses Right Wing Religious Org Tied to Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group to Host His First Post-VP Speech

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Former vice president Mike Pence has chosen a Christian organization dedicated to “persuasively present biblical principles” and preserve religious freedom to host his first speech since leaving the White House. Palmetto Family, a group with ties to anti-LGBTQ organizations, including a hate group, is based in South Carolina, the state that led to President Joe Biden winning the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

The group opposes same-sex marriage and a woman’s right to choose. It also opposes sex education, pornography, and lists among its “accomplishments” that “11-year-olds will not be required to be vaccinated for sexual diseases.”

“Pence, who since leaving the administration has been doing work with the Heritage Foundation and Young America’s Foundation, has not indicated if he plans a future run for office, but his choice of making his post-administration debut in South Carolina helps set down a marker for a potential 2024 presidential bid,” The Associated Press reports. “The state holds the first presidential primaries in the South, and candidates of both major parties typically spend more than a year in the state ahead of those votes, introducing themselves and trying to secure support.”

Palmetto Family, formerly Palmetto Family Council, says it is tied to both the anti-LGBTQ organization Focus on the Family and the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council.

Between 450 and 600 people are expected to attend Pence’s speech and dinner.

Palmetto Family also lists among its accomplishments that the “Ten Commandments may be displayed in public buildings,” “Schools must follow state abstinence laws in sex education or lose funding,” “Students may receive graduation credit for off-campus Bible study,” “The Bible may be taught as history and literature in public schools,” and “Biology standards must allow critique of evolution.”

Pence, Palmetto Family president Dave Wilson told the AP, “is very reflective of the ideas, policies and direction that we at Palmetto Family want to see in South Carolina: bringing faith to the forefront and growing the next generation of conservative leaders for our state.”

 

 

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