Mat Staver, leader of the hate group Liberty Counsel, has never had a close association with common sense. In today's missive he writes:
Chief Justice Roy Moore was given an unprecedented judicial suspension when the Court of the Judiciary (COJ) unlawfully suspended him on September 30 for the remainder of his term, which runs through January 2019. In 2001-2002, COJ Rule 16 was amended to require a unanimous 9-0 vote to remove a judge from office.What is the point of all this noise? His client did precisely what he was accused of doing which was to issue a directive instructing judges not to comply with a ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States. For over 200 years we have respected the precedent that the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the Constitution. Moore's violation cast doubt on the integrity of the legal system and constitutes a very serious offense. He was sanctioned accordingly. His suspension was by a unanimous vote of the judges.
The longest suspension of any Alabama judge under amended Rule 16 is 180 days, or six months. Therefore, Chief Justice Moore's suspension of 28 months is four times longer than the longest judicial suspension in Alabama history …
“This is another example that Chief Justice Moore's punishment is based on politically-motivated charges and nothing to do with the law,” said Staver. “The Chief did nothing wrong. Yet, a judge who was sexting with a litigant or a judge who sets aside a rape conviction only gets a hand slap? Where is the justice? The Court of the Judiciary is calling its own shots by overstepping history and the law to remove Chief Justice Moore from the bench. The rule of law should always trump political agendas.”Seems to me that the punishment was based upon the seriousness of the offense; Something that Staver does not seem to appreciate. To continue to claim that Moore did nothing wrong is just idiotic. Advocacy yields to lunacy.