The State of Alabama’s Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) made a bold move by hiring the former legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC), John Carroll, to prosecute the Supreme Court of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore — rooted in his stance of protecting natural marriage in the face of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex “marriage.”
The SPLC originally filed the complaints with the JIC against Chief Justice Moore for upholding his pro-family stance on marriage, and soon afterwards, the JIC selected Carroll to represent it in a lawsuit against him.
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver, whose Christian legal group represents Moore, argues that the JIC’s maneuver is a political move that is being used to push the Obama administration’s pro-LGBT agenda.
"I have almost no words for this corrupt and unjust system," Staver expressed. "We have said that the charges are politically motivated and that the JIC violated its own rules of confidentiality.”
The Christian leader was taken back by the government’s blatant promotion of the homosexual agenda — under the guise of championing civil rights, tolerance and equality.
“You would think that the JIC would be astute enough to at least avoid an appearance of bias, but obvious[ly] the JIC does not care,” Staver asserted. “This is a brazen act that calls into question the entire JIC process."
SPLC roots shining through
Carroll is by no means shy to make his connection with the Left-leaning activist organization, the SPLC, known to all —a fact that is evidenced by his prominent listing of his past legal experience as “Legal Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center.” This is posted on the website of the Cumberland School of Law, where he currently teaches.
The activist attorney already made his take on Moore’s predicament widely known, when an order requesting additional briefing on the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage opinion was issued by the Alabama Supreme Court.
"Did the Alabama Supreme Court have to do this?” Carroll asked, according to a news report. “The answer is 'no.'"
However, Carroll was not finished, asking and answering his own question once more.
"Were they within their rights?” the former SPLC director posed before responding. “I guess."
Standing by the Constitution … not activist-led federal rulings
Holding to Alabama State law when it comes to marriage, Chief Justice Moore also made his position known when addressing the controversy over his handling of the order concerning the Supreme Court of the United States’ landmark decision that essentially legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
After recusing himself from participating in the order, Moore argued on his own defense that his actions were well within the law.
"In no way does the order instruct probate judges of this State as to whether or not they should comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell," Moore explained in a statement.
Staver maintains that the politicizing taking place within America’s judicial system in reprehensible.
"The travesty of the politically motivated charges by the JIC against Chief Justice Roy Moore have become even clearer with the appointment by the JIC of a former Legal Director of the same organization that filed the charges,” the pro-family advocate concluded. “This is a miscarriage of justice of the highest sort."