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Watchdog Group Accuses Moore of Judicial Ethics Violations

Chief Justice Roy Moore

AL Chief Justice Roy Moore

The Southern Poverty Law Center accused  Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on Wednesday of violating judicial ethics through his public criticisms on the Obergefell decision, reported Associated Press.

Earlier this year, the SPLC had filed a complaint against Moore after he advised judges in Alabama not to grant marriage licenses to same sex couples, mentioned the same source. Moore argued probate judges were “part of an independent judicial branch” and “not bound by a federal judge’s order overturning Alabama’s  ban on gay marriage.”

Now, the SPLC has filed a supplement to its complaint, contending that Moore has committed ethics violations by “improperly commenting on pending cases” and “saying that he couldn’t accept the gay marriage ruling as binding precedent and would recuse himself in future cases.”

The complaint states that Moore’s “open and blatant disregard for judicial ethics” makes him “unfit to be judge.”

“If Chief Justice Moore wants to make political speeches or be an activist in opposition to same-sex marriage, he is free to do so, but he cannot simultaneously hold his current position on the Alabama Supreme Court,” SPLC President Richard Cohen wrote in the complaint.

Moore did not comment on the filing.

 

 

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