Americans overwhelmingly rejected big-money attempts to hijack their courts on Election Day. The 2012 campaign saw record spending in state Supreme Court races, with Super PACs and other outside groups spending millions on TV ads and mailers seeking to influence judicial races. At the same time, voters rebuffed a series of costly campaigns seeking to make courts accountable to partisans and special interests, ignoring calls to unseat judges over their decisions, and rejecting referenda in three states designed to give politicians more power over the courts.
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...Vance qualified to run in August after the Alabama Democratic Party removed previous nominee Harry Lyon. Vance, in an interview, said he believed Moore, who was previously removed from office for refusing to obey a judge's ruling to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building, is practicing divisive politics when he gives stump speeches on gay marriage and abortion. Read more from The Birmingham News
Vance now faces Republican Roy Moore in the Nov. 6 race for chief justice. Vance said he threw his hat in the ring as a last-minute replacement candidate for the Alabama Democratic Party because he was concerned what he was hearing from both then-Democratic nominee Harry Lyon and Moore. Read more at AL.com
The 2012 general election race for Alabama Chief Justice, which seemed destined to be the state’s cheapest in decades, may yet get its million-dollar man by the Nov. 6 general election. Why should you care? Because while the amount of money spent on elections is mind-boggling in general, the millions spent to elect supposedly neutral judges in Alabama is disturbing. Read more at Turning the Tables
...This page has no problem with Moore expressing religious views on political issues of the day; neither should any admirer of the First Amendment. But Moore’s comments are troubling because he is running for an office where he will be able to apply his personal religious convictions to issues about which other people of faith hold different opinions. Read more at the Anniston Star
Guess who’s coming to dinner … again. Eight years ago, Birmingham playwright Tom Wofford fictionalized one of Alabama’s most polarizing political figures with his “Judge Roy Moore is Coming to Dinner.” The conservative “Ten Commandments” judge was a character in Wofford’s play about gay marriage, which had a run as part of the now-defunct Southern PlayWorks. Read more at Al.com
No matter who gets elected as Alabama’s next chief justice, Roy Moore says, that person will have to make the Legislature understand that the courts need money. “They need to see that the judiciary is a branch of government,” Moore said after a speech at Angel Grove Baptist Church Sunday evening. “We’re not just an agency of the Legislature.” Read more at the Anniston Star
Judge Robert Vance Jr. said he decided to enter public service after the assassination of his father and said he now feels called to serve in a different capacity after hearing the divisive comments between the two men who faced each other to become chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Read more at the Montgomery Advertiser
Judicial candidates spent more than $4.6 million in television advertisements this primary season, according to data released by the Brennan Center for Justice and the Justice at Stake Campaign, in an election cycle where changing spending patterns could signal a new phase in the decade-long spending battle to influence America’s state courts.
As a packed courtroom hung on every word uttered as Amy Bishop pleaded guilty today to capital murder, one sound briefly drowned out all others. Roy Moore's cell phone. Read more at The Huntsville Times
Actor Kirk Cameron has voiced his official endorsement of Roy Moore, also known as "the Ten Commandments judge," who is currently running for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. "If ever we needed a few good men who will do the right thing and stand for truth in high places, it's now," Cameron said in a statement posted on his website. Read more in The Christian Post.
A Huntsville woman has filed petitions with Alabama's Democratic and Republican parties asking them to disqualify several candidates for the Alabama Supreme Court. Read more in WSFA.
The traditionally Democratic Alabama AFL-CIO has endorsed Republican Roy Moore for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Read more in WSFA.
Alabama Chief Justice Chuck Malone, saying that the judicial system is “under attack” in the midst of economic woes, urged his fellow judges today to educate lawmakers and the public about the widespread impact of budget cuts to the courts. Read more in the Alabama Press-Register.
Candidates in Alabama’s Supreme Court races spent more than $400,000 on advertising in the Birmingham broadcast television market in the primary alone this year, according to public advertising files at the five network affiliates in the Magic City. Read more in The Anniston Star.
In Alabama, Candidate Roy Moore is telling voters that his election as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court will determine the “course of our future.” Read more in The Anniston Star.
An Alabama Republican Party committee tonight rejected a complaint challenging Huntsville attorney Linda Coats' nomination for a district court judgeship. Read more in The Huntsville Times.
A judge has temporarily shut down what he called a “debtors prison” run by the municipal court of an Alabama city. In an order filed Wednesday, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Hub Harrington said the Harpersville Municipal Court was running a “judicially sanctioned extortion racket.” Read more in The Associated Press.
I'll be the first to admit how surprised I was when Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the majority in throwing out most of Arizona's terrible anti-immigrant law. That pretty much spells the end of Alabama's even harsher anti-immigrant law, too. Read more in The Birmingham News.
Less than a week after an Alabama Republican Party committee selected Linda Coats to be the party's nominee for a Madison County district court judgeship, a group of lawyers has filed a complaint seeking Coats' disqualification. Read more in The Huntsville Times.
Ever since Roy Moore’s surprising victory in the March Republican primary a hue and cry has arisen from some mostly upscale GOP and Independent Alabam-ians to derail his return to his old position as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Read more in the Brewton Standard.
Public trust in fair and impartial courts is eroded when judicial candidates are forced to raise big money from special interests who want to influence their decisions, a New York Times editorial warned.
Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore rode his horse to the polls this morning and then a wave of voter support that had him on the cusp of winning the Republican nomination for his old job.
Three Republican candidates seeking to be the state's next Supreme Court justice gathered tonight for a judicial forum in Pelham. Candidates were asked whether their decisions would be influenced by campaign contributions or their personal religious beliefs. All said they would uphold the constitution.
The Alabama State Bar today called on state lawmakers to fully fund the court system in the budget expected to be approved during the legislative session that begins Tuesday, according to a release.