Well, it’s about damned time….
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Aug. 22 —The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court was suspended Friday pending an ethics investigation for his defiance of a federal judges order that he remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the rotunda of the state judicial building.
Chief Justice Roy MooreҒs actions next face a hearing before the state Court of the Judiciary after the Judicial Inquiry Commission found merit in complaints that he violated ethics rules for ignoring U.S. District Judge Myron Thompsons order.
Moore, who was suspended with pay, will have 30 days to respond to the Court of the Judiciary, which holds trial-like proceedings and can discipline and remove judges.
I’ve been following this story since it first came to light and was wondering when disciplinary action would be taken against Moore. The monument in question is such a blatant violation of the First Amendment that I find it amazing it’s taken this long for this case to come to a head. Especially when a Chief Justice is demonstrating a contempt for the rule of law he’s supposedly in charge of upholding. With any luck this will be the end of his career.