There has been a lot about Roy Moore in the Press lately so I though I would compile all the stuff we have said about him so far. I hope you enjoy it. Links to the episodes are provided so you can listen as well.
Episode 8 Potter winner
That’s Right Yakkers it time to announce the Mr. Potter Award. This week we have a real fun one. Alabama Supreme court Chief Justice Roy Moore Let’s see what started him on this path.
In 1995 while he was on the bench as a circuit judge, the ACLU sued him claiming his pre-session prayers and display of 10 commandments were a violation of the 1st amendment. The initial ruling was that it was unconstitutional the Alabama supreme court issued a stay and the practice was allowed to continue.
In 2002 after becoming Chief Justice, he issued a statement that said the State should use its powers to punish homosexual behavior. And in one case he did. A lesbian mother had filed for custody of her children and in his statement he wrote “Homosexual behavior is a ground for divorce, an act of sexual misconduct punishable as a crime in Alabama, a crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one’s ability to describe it. That is enough under the law to allow a court to consider such activity harmful to a child.” the mother did not gain custody of her children.
In 2003 he was removed from the bench for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten commandments, which he had commissioned from the Alabama Judicial Building despite orders from a federal court.
Somehow he was re-elected in 2012 and regained his job as chief justice. In January of 2015 the southern Povery law center filed a jucidial ethics complaint regarding his public comment on a pending same sex marriage case and told judges to ignore federal court rulings overtuning the alabama ban on same sex marriage.
Then February of the same year he ordered probate judges to disregard a Supreme court ruling and enforce the States ban under threat from the governor.
In May of 2015 he called for the impeachment of Justices Ruth Bader Ginburg and Elena Kagen for the crime of performing a same-sex marriage.
Now that leads us to this weeks Scotus ruling on equal marriage. Can you guess what he is going to do?
In a statement made soon after the ruling he said he was not bound by decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court that conflict with his view of the U.S. Constitution. That it would violate his “oath of office” and “every sound principle of constitutional law” for him to follow U.S. Supreme Court rulings with which he disagrees.
He has a history of defying the federal courts and has made it very clear the he intends to defy this one. Judge Moore you have earned yourself a Mr. Potter award of distinction for your actions.
Episode 35 Mr potter update.
Judge Roy Moore of Alalbama who won the potter award for his stance on gay marriage has made his way back into the news because of his…. Stance on gay marriage. On Wednesday, Judge Moore issued an administrative order declaring that “Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage licenses” to same-sex couples.
“I did give an order that they were to follow the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court,” Moore told the Montgomery Advertiser. “That’s simple, black letter law. The effect of Obergefell on those existing orders has to be determined by the Alabama Supreme Court.”
But one Alabama probate judge on Thursday defied state Chief Justice Roy Moore’s order to deny same-sex marriage licenses.
Tommy Ragland, the probate judge for Madison County, ordered his office to resume issuing licenses to all after briefly halting them Wednesday while he reviewed Moore’s order.
“Well after he reviewed that, and the county attorney did, we decided to continue,” Chief Clerk Patty Hanson told The Daily Beast. “The Supreme Court ruling [overturning state bans on same-sex marriage] still stands.”
Episode 52 Mr Potter Update
ALABAMA’S CHIEF JUSTICE SUSPENDED AFTER UNCONSTITUTIONAL BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended and faces removal from office for his unconstitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
A state commission charged Moore with six counts of ethics violations. In January of this year, he ordered all probate judges in the state to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even though the Supreme Court had ruled that marriage is a constitutional right and officially made same-sex marriage legal in the United States.
This will be the second time he has faced ethics violations as the chief Justice of the Alabama supreme court. As we covered in his segment in January, he was removed for his actions involving a 10 commandment monument on the court house lawn in 2003
What this worse is the rumor that he will use this as part his run for governor and play right to his base.
Episode 64 Potter update
We also have an update about episode 8 winner Alabama chief Justice Roy moore. You may recall the he won for telling all the judges in Alabama to ignore the Same-Sex marriage rules by the Supreme court.
It looks like he is finally going to have his day in court over those orders. He is facing ethics violations over his orders and has already been suspended.
There are also rumours of him using this as a springboard for his run for the governor position next year as the persecuted candidate.
Episode 70 Potter update or He ain’t gonna reign no Moore
Alabama supreme court chief justice roy moore has been permanently suspended without pay. While it is not the same of being officially removed from office, it is effectively the same. Moore won the potter award way back in episode 8 for his stance on the equal marriage ruling and the ordering of clerks not to issue marriage licenses in Alabama.
According to the Court of the Judiciary, Moore’s administrative order represented “a failure to follow clear law and a failure to uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary.”
The Court of the Judiciary found that Moore interpreted the law in a manner that was “incomplete, misleading and manipulative.”It also said Moore “substituted his judgment for the judgment of the entire Alabama Supreme Court on a substantive legal issue in a case the pending in that Court”
I would like to say this is good news and technically it is, but He announced his intention of running for the Governor in the next election. (http://www.wsfa.com/story/3930455/its-official-roy-moore-running-for-governor)
He will likely use this as part of his campaign to show how persecuted he has been over the last 20 years and take the martyr’s path to winning.
Part of his platform reads like the start of a theocracy.
Defend the right of every person to include teachers, judges, and state, county and municipal offices to publicly acknowledge God as the moral foundation of law, liberty, and government.
Oppose gambling, pornography, and same-sex marriage.
Secure God-given inalienable rights of life, liberty, and property.
But one of the strangest things he proposes is the the legislature only meet every 2 years. Stating he “feels safer when the legislature is not in session.”
Episode 114 Roy Moore is at it again
Former potter award winner Roy Moore is trying to put his theocratic hat back on. This time he is running for the seat vacated by now Attorney General Jeff Beauregard Sessions.III.
He has survived the Alabama republican primary with more than 50% of the voten a race that evolved into seeing who could embrace Mr. Trump more when the leading contenders were closely aligned on policy.
Moore predicted a wave of “the most negative campaign ads in the history of Alabama,” and “Without God, we will never return to the greatness we were meant to have,” Mr. Moore told a crowd of supporters in Montgomery, just down Dexter Avenue from the courthouse where he once presided. “We must be good again before we can be great.”
Episode 117 Former Potter winner still a Potter
While making the case for unifying the electorate, a candidate for Alabama’s open Senate seat ended up saying something pretty divisive.
Roy Moore, a former chief justice on the state Supreme Court, was speaking against racial, political and other divisions at a rally in Florence, Ala., on Sunday when he inserted two words that have been historically used as slurs.
“We were torn apart in the Civil War — brother against brother, North against South, party against party,” he said. “What changed?
“Now we have blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and Republicans fighting, men and women fighting,” Moore added. “What’s going to unite us? What’s going to bring us back together? A president? A Congress? No. It’s going to be God.”
Episode 125 No Moore Roy
Former Judge and Perma Potter Roy Moore, was in the news again this week when 4 women alleged that the had relations with them in the late 70’s and early 80’s. All four women were teens at the time, Moore was in his 30’s. One of them was 14. She says that Moore offered to watch her while her mother was in court for custody.
He drove her up to his cabin, told her how pretty she was and kissed her.
On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.
This is corroborated by 2 of the victim’s friends who said that she confided in them at the time that she was seeing a”an older man”
Moore has denied these allegations and says it is a political attack on him by the desperate Dems.
He however hasn’t denied that he may have dated girls as young as 16 during that same time frame.
Based on the testimonies of more that 30 people, it is entirely plausible that he did this. Given the habit of the super pious to also be super hypocritical, I am pretty sure that this is true and I am only surprised that there aren’t any male accusers yet.
But let’s talk about the GOP reaction to this.
It has created a bit of an issue for the party. One side is running away from him as fast as they can like :
John McCain Senator from Arizona
The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.
Steve Daines Senator from Montana
I am pulling my endorsement and support for Roy Moore for U.S. Senate.
Mike LeeVerified Senator from Utah
Having read the detailed description of the incidents, as well as the response from Judge Moore and his campaign, I can no longer endorse his candidacy for the US Senate.
And the GOP Senate fundraiser have pulled their support of Moore.
Even Mitt Romney had something to say, specifically about the Republicans say “if this is true”
Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman,”
But that is not the really interesting part of all of this. I think the most interesitng part is how far some will go to defend him.
Daniel Dale started contacting Local GOP official to get their comments
“It was 40 years ago,” Alabama Marion County GOP chair David Hall said. “I really don’t see the relevance of it. He was 32. She was supposedly 14. She’s not saying that anything happened other than they kissed.”
Alabama Mobile County GOP chairman John Skipper: “It does not really surprise me. I think it is a typical Democratic – Democrat – ploy to discredit Judge Moore, a sincere, honest, trustworthy individual.”
Alabama Geneva County GOP chairman Riley Seibenhener, who called me back, says he doesn’t believe the allegations are true, but if they’re true he won’t support him – but, at the same time, it’s not “forcible rape.”
“I know that 14-year-olds don’t make good decisions,” he adds.
Even a Brietbart editor got in on this saying “Only one was legally problematic. All the other would have been of age at the time” while being interviewed on MSNBC.
But by far the worst is this excuse
“Take Mary and Joseph. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus,” Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler told the Washington Examiner. “There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”