“I am deeply concerned by the charges the Judicial Inquiry Commission filed against Chief Justice Roy Moore,” said Ivey. “It is my understanding Alabama is the only state suspending a judge while a complaint is considered by the Court of the Judiciary. The rule of law and due process are concepts fundamental to our legal system. I hope the Court of the Judiciary will act quickly. In this interim, I’m thankful that Alabama has public servants like Justice Lyn Stuart to keep our courts on track during this difficult time.”
Moore was suspended from his job Friday and faces possible ouster over his attempts to block gay marriage following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
Ivey also pointed out Moore’s suspension only adds the negative attention being directed toward Alabama with “clouds hanging over all three branches of state government” referring to the scandal surrounding the Gov. Robert Bentley administration and ethics charges against House Speaker Mike Hubbard.
“Currently, there are clouds hanging over all three branches of state government. As a result, the world is watching — all eyes are on the State of Alabama, for the wrong reasons. I continue to pray for our State and believe our best days are ahead of us — I believe in Alabama, its people and the rule of law.”