Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mat Staver and Roy Moore are in an endless opera

Götterdämmerung
A scene from Wagner's Götterdämmerung — Twilight of the Gods
Another day, another email from Liberty Counsel about the outrageous treatment meted out to their client, Roy Moore. Hate group leader Mat Staver is more unhinged by the day. Imagine his reaction were he to ever miraculously win a case.

Today's missive is titled: “Unlawful Punishment Leaves Chief Justice Moore Without Means to Survive.”
When the Court of the Judiciary (COJ) unlawfully suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore for life, the members of the court invented a punishment that is much worse than removal because the Chief is left without salary, benefits, and the ability to receive retirement or earn any income. When his term expires in January 2019, Chief Justice Moore cannot run again for election as a judge due to his age. Therefore, the suspension until the end of his term is a de facto removal from the bench and is far more punitive. 
Unlawful? Chutzpah! Gay people experience a lifetime of repression and discrimination. At what should have been one of the happiest moments of their lives, Roy Moore found a way to continue to marginalize them some more. Roy Moore found a way to make sure that those uppity gays knew that they are second-class citizens. Perhaps I will mellow but at the moment I don't care if Roy Moore and his moronic wife, Kayla, end up living out of their car.

As for the deranged Mr. Staver, is he actually claiming that suspending a judge is not lawful? If so then he is wrong on the facts. Staver is also incorrect when he claims that Moore's economic plight is different than if he had been removed from the bench. Staver goes on to “explain” that a justice of Alabama's supreme court is precluded from earning outside income. Suffice it to say that Moore is no longer a justice of Alabama's supreme court. What would be Staver's argument had Moore been suspended for a year? 18 months? Those are all lawful remedies.

This is a problem of Mr. Moore's own making. No one told him to unlawfully instruct subordinate judges to defy the Supreme Court of the United States. No one has forced Mr. Moore to be a bigot.

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