Chief Justice Roy Moore Files Reply to Dismiss JIC Charges

Jul 27, 2016

MONTGOMERY, AL – Today, Liberty Counsel has filed its reply in the Court of the Judiciary (COJ) to dismiss charges brought by the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. The hearing is scheduled for August 8. Liberty Counsel and Judicial Action Group represent Chief Justice Moore.

“The JIC has tried to write a story that does not exist,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The focus of the JIC charge is Chief Justice Moore’s January 2016 Administrative Order. In the 3½ page order, Chief Justice Moore plainly states, ‘I am not at liberty to provide any guidance to Alabama probate judges on the effect of Obergefell on the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court. That issue remains before the entire Court which continues to deliberate on the matter.’ Moore never ordered the probate judges to disregard the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage opinion, but that is the slanderous narrative of the JIC. The JIC has no case and never should have filed the baseless charge,” said Staver.

“The Administrative Order of Chief Justice Moore expressly said he could not provide guidance to the probate judges because the matter was pending before the Alabama Supreme Court. The JIC apparently wanted the Chief Justice to openly disobey the Alabama Supreme Court and to take matters into his own hands. The JIC’s position is astounding and clearly wrong. It is no wonder why the JIC has no jurisdiction to render legal decisions. When it veers into this forbidden realm, it makes no sense,” said Staver.

“We have asked that these baseless charges be dismissed,” Staver concluded.

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