Mat Staver and Roy Moore

Monday, if you believe Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel his client, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, is on the brink of financial ruin. Staver took the unusual step of canceling oral arguments in Roy Moore’s appeal of his suspension for the remainder of his term. According to a press release from Liberty Counsel, this move is intended to expedite the appeal.

Already, this politically-motivated punishment has stripped Justice Moore of all income and benefits since September 30, 2019.<sic> Even through this hardship, he has continued his appeal for more than five months. The “suspension” imposed against the Chief Justice is the longest suspension in the history of this court. The Court of the Judiciary (COJ) illegally removed him de facto from the bench because political opponents disagreed with his legally accurate analysis. Lacking the 9-0 vote that COJ Rule 16 requires for removal, the COJ “suspended” the Chief for the remainder of his term until 2019, which is a suspension for life since the Chief Justice would reach the age of retirement at that time. In other words, the COJ violated Rule 16.

Staver embraces the notion that if he repeats the same bullshit often enough, the flies will flee, the aroma will become spring fresh, the substance becomes edible and the subject matter will become true. Then there is the real world. That “legally accurate analysis” of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges entailed instructing subordinate jurists to defy the Supreme Court because of a “ministerial responsibility” — whatever the fuck that means.

“Chief Justice Moore did nothing wrong and should have never been charged. To allow a precedent that punishes Alabama judges based on political whims will completely undermine our system of justice,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “In this case, the Judicial Inquiry Commission violated the rule of law and the Court of the Judiciary also violated clear law by imposing a suspension for life when it lacked a unanimous vote to remove. We are seeking justice for both wrongs. Chief Justice Moore deserves justice, and a favorable resolution in his case will benefit all Alabama judges,” said Staver.

Of course he did nothing wrong. Marbury v. Madison turns 225-years-old next year. After all, what is so compelling about almost 225 years of precedence that the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the Constitution? Roy Moore is the Lord and he will decide who can get married in Alabama — not some Ivy League educated jurists in Washington.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.