What’s in the ethics complaint that may remove Chief Justice Roy Moore?

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended again.

Late Friday, we learned the Judicial Inquiry Commission had filed a complaint with the Alabama Court of the Judiciary. That court will hear the complaint against Moore and could remove him from office for good.

The first 32 pages could be the end of Roy Moore's term as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. It meticulously lays out how Moore undermined the authority of federal courts in Alabama.

The complaint of the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) starts with a section called "Facts."

It begins with an account of the last time the Alabama Court of the Judiciary threw Roy Moore out of his office in 2003 for "willfully refusing to obey an injunction issued by a united states district court" -- namely removing a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.

This current complaint focuses on court rulings, including the US Supreme Court, on same-sex marriage.

The JIC complaint outright says, "As is his personal right, Chief Justice Moore strongly disagrees with those courts," but it goes on to say, "Chief Justice Moore, however, took an oath of office to support the United States Constitution and, as a state judicial officer, is bound by the United States Supreme Court's interpretation and application of that constitution."

The complaint builds up for 20 pages, laying out court ruling after court ruling affirming same-sex marriage, before finally getting to Chief Justice Moore's January 6, 2016 order telling probate judges to follow state law, even though that law had been overturned by federal courts.

The complaint says, "Chief Justice Moore flagrantly disregarded and abused his authority as chief administrative officer of Alabama's judicial branch."
The JIC complaint concludes with six charges, all relating to that letter from Moore.

A source familiar with the proceedings says Roy Moore has 30 days to respond to the complaint.

 

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