by Glynn Wilson
Ten Commandments Judge Roy Moore could be returning to power to lead the Alabama Supreme Court as chief justice again if the unofficial results from Tuesday’s primary hold up and there’s no runoff.
You may recall that Alabama was the laughing stock of the nation back in 2003 when Moore was removed from that position for refusing to remove a hand-carved granite monument to the Ten Commandments from the state judicial building after a federal jury found it violated the separation of church and state and a federal judge ordered it removed.
According to the unofficial results, Moore received 50.37 percent of the vote on Tuesday, more than enough to hold off challenges from the sitting Chief Justice, Chuck Malone, who was appointed by Governor Robert Bentley after a Democrat resigned from the seat, and former state Attorney General Charlie Graddick, who was trying to return to statewide politics after a hiatus of 25 years. He play a particularly embarrassing role in state politics back in 1986 when he won the Democratic primary for governor with crossover votes, but was blocked from taking office when those votes were ruled illegal.
Moore will now go up against Pelham attorney Harry Lyon, a Democrat, in the general election in the November. If Moore wins, the nine-member Supreme Court will remain all Republican and continue to side with big business over average working people on case after case and run roughshod over the Constitutional rights of juries for another four years.
The people of this state have no knowledge or understanding of this because they depend on mainstream, family newspapers and local television news stations that are controlled by corporate Republicans and will not tell people the truth.
Some trial lawyers supported Moore in his bid, thinking Moore would not be as bad as other Republicans when it comes to tort reform. But that will not stop him from being a religious nut who will no doubt embarrass the state for another four years if he is elected. His radical, religious views on the First Amendment are way, way outside the mainstream of American legal thought and he has no business serving on any court in the land.
If his election is not enough to convince people that we need to stop electing judges, then I don’t know what would prompt people to demand changing the system. The only way we are ever going to get the politics out of the courthouse is to find another way to choose judges.
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