It is as if Moore (and Staver) are playing for political opinion (and future voters), and not raising any serious legal challenges.In a press release issued by Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel on Tuesday, the group questioned why the COJ suspended Moore for the rest of his term while last month it gave Tallapoosa probate judge a six-month suspension for sexting with a woman who had business before him.
"It is unbelievable the seriousness of Judge Archer's perverted sexual actions and yet he only receives a six-month suspension, while Chief Justice Moore is suspended for life," Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.
"Chief Justice Roy Moore did nothing wrong and he is suspended for the rest of his term without pay, and a sexting judge gets suspended for six months. Where is the justice here? There is none," Staver stated. "The COJ's disparity in punishment and disdain for the law and the rules is a travesty. Liberty Counsel and Chief Justice Moore will continue to fight this battle to restore the rule of law. The case has already been appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court."
Nonetheless, "for completeness":
The questions Moore's attorneys are asking on appeal are:
- Whether the Judicial Inquiry Commission (which filed the charges based on a complaint by the Southern Poverty Law Center) proved each of the six charges in its Complaint by clear and convincing evidence?
- Whether the Judicial Inquiry Commission violated its own rules and Alabama law by breaching confidentiality during its investigation, or by prosecuting charges without a sworn complaint?
- Whether the JIC and COJ have jurisdiction to investigate or punish judges for issuing administrative orders?
- Whether the automatic suspension of judges when they [are] charged by the JIC violates constitutional Due Process guarantees?
- Whether the COJ can impose a de facto removal from office without a unanimous vote?