Can Alabama Finally Move on From a Decade of Controversy Brewed by One Man’s Hate? – Slate Magazine

Throughout 2015 and 2016, while Moore was drafting orders and giving media interviews, the Southern Poverty Law Center was filing complaints against Alabama’s chief justice to the Judicial Inquiry Commission, which decides whether a state judge has committed an ethical violation. In May 2016, the Judicial Inquiry Commission charged Moore with six ethics violations relating to his January order. Following the charges, Moore was suspended from the court (with pay) until the Court of the Judiciary issued a verdict. On Friday, that verdict came in: Moore directed the state’s probate judges to disobey a federal order, interfered with the legal process, and demonstrated that he, the highest judge in the state, is unwilling to follow clear law.

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