Monday, August 8, 2016

Staver: "Chief Justice Moore in Court Today to Defend Against Baseless Charges"

Mat Staver and Roy Moore
Mat Staver and Roy Moore have different expressions for “Oh Shit”
Mat Staver, head of Liberty Counsel is going to be in court on Monday defending Alabama's embattled Judge Roy Moore. We do not know what Liberty Counsel hopes to achieve by calling the charges against Moore “baseless.” They might have some defense but it sure isn't found in hyperbole. We have the memo. It is not ambiguous. Moore instructed Alabama judges to disobey the Supreme Court of the United States. It is the smoking gun of judicial malfeasance—even in Alabama. Their press release goes on to say:
The administrative order was merely a status order which stated a legal truism - namely the 2015 orders of the Alabama Supreme Court remained in effect, were currently under review by the Court, and that the Court would issue a ruling in the future. The administrative order did not state which way the Alabama Supreme Court would rule and did not tell probate judges to violate the U.S. Supreme Court opinion.
Except that the 2015 orders of the Alabama Supreme Court did not remain in effect. The Supreme Court overruled them. It is obvious that Moore's intent was to frustrate marriage equality in Alabama for as long as possible. Moore's intent is clear. He wanted to make those probate judges believe that they should not issue marriage licenses to gay couples regardless of the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell. My question involves Mat Staver and the demarcation between zealous advocacy and misconduct. The press release states:
“The Judicial Inquiry Commission abused its authority when it filed charges against Chief Justice Roy Moore,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, who represents Moore. “The charges should never have been filed and must be dismissed. The JIC knows that it has no case and refuses to face the reality of the four-page administrative order, which any plain reading reveals did not direct the probate judges to disobey the U.S. Supreme Court. The JIC's charges are full of colorful adjectives and lacking in substance,” said Staver.
I am guessing that Staver believes his own bullshit. Staver never quite explains why, supposedly knowing that it has no case (which requires Staver to be a mind reader), the JIC would file the charges in the first place. It's fun watching them all squirm. On the other hand this all probably good for Moore's 2017 gubernatorial campaign.

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