The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Wednesday filed a judicial ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore over his public comments on a federal judge's ruling striking down Alabama's ban on gay marriage.
In a letter addressed to Governor Robert Bentley released to the media, Moore stated that with regard to marriage Alabama's laws “have always recognized the Biblical admonition stated by our Lord” and called on Bentley and Alabama judges to defy the ruling, calling it “judicial tyranny.”
In comments with the media, Moore declared “we will have a confrontation” if the order is enforced.
The SPLC filed its complaint with the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama, the same court that ousted Moore from the bench in 2003 for refusing to remove from public property a monument of the Ten Commandments which he had commissioned.
“Moore is once again wrapping himself in the Bible and thumbing his nose at the federal courts and federal law,” SPLC President Richard Cohen said in a statement. “As a private citizen, Moore is entitled to his views. But as the chief justice of Alabama, he has a responsibility to recognize the supremacy of federal law and to conform his conduct to the canons of judicial ethics.”
The SPLC charges in its complaint that Moore is encouraging lawlessness by “attempting to assemble a virtual army of state officials and judges to oppose the federal judiciary and its 'tyranny' – the opposite of what is expected from the state's chief judge.” It also accuses Moore of improper public comment on pending and impending proceedings.
Judge Moore has actually taken a stand against the judicial system that he works for, at the very least he should be removed from his position.
The mere fact, the man can't see the hypocrisy of a judge tyrannically defying another judges decision based on the premise of judicial activism is only further demonstration of his inability to be unbiased in anything not relating to his religious *values* (or lack thereof )