A new poll shows that Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is the favorite among GOPers in Alabama to be governor in 2018 – a result that comes just as a federal judge on Thursday said he would stay out of a dispute involving Moore.

The chief justice is under political attack over the court’s handling of the “gay marriage” fight, and he had sued in federal court because the state process removes him from his duties based only on a complaint. But a federal judge said he’s staying out of the fight for now.

That sets up a hearing before the state’s Court of the Judiciary for arguments next Monday. But whatever happens then, it appears Moore’s name will be around for awhile.

According to a Yellowhammernews report this week, Moore has huge support among Alabama Republicans.

“The Alabama Forestry Association, one of the state’s most influential conservative groups, commissioned a survey of 600 likely Republican primary voters and found that Moore’s sky-high name recognition makes him the GOP’s current top choice for governor in 2018 in what promises to be a crowded field,” the report said.

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The report said 28 percent picked Moore, 24 percent were undecided, Attorney General Luther Strange got 9 percent and another handful each drew support in the single digits.

The report said Moore was viewed favorably by 58 percent of the respondents, unfavorably by 29 percent and 11 percent had no opinion.

Meanwhile, in the case that is looming now, WTVM reported U.S. District Judge Harold Albritton said the federal court would abstain from ruling on the constitutionality of the state procedure that removes judges based only on a complaint.

That, essentially, requires them to then prove their innocence before being returned to their duties, which turns due-process procedures upside-down.

“Alabama’s automatic removal provision goes against the assumption in law that a person is innocent until proven otherwise,” said Mat Staver, chief of Liberty Counsel, which is representing Moore. “This provision should be struck down. We will discuss the matter with our client about appealing the ruling. We have preserved this issue in the state proceeding and will continue our challenge to this automatic removal provision. We are ready for Monday’s hearing to address the politically motivated charges filed against Chief Justice Moore.”

It was the Alabama Supreme Court’s handling of a case that started before the U.S. Supreme Court’s creation of same-sex “marriage” that is creating issues.

After the U.S. Supreme Court created the new “marriage” for homosexuals, the state court ordered motions for its pending Alabama Policy Institute case. Before the federal court ruled, the state court said that the state constitution and state law limited marriage to one man and one woman.

After the Supreme Court ruling, the state court accepted arguments, but then took months to issue a decision, in which it dismissed pending motions in the case but also pointedly left its original orders unchanged.

In the interim, Moore had advised through an administrative order to probate judges – those who issue marriage licenses in the state – that the court still was deliberating. He said he could not offer guidance, but noted that procedures would have the state court’s previous orders stand.

He has explained that he tried to get the court to assemble a majority and rule several times, unsuccessfully.

The result was that the Southern Poverty Law Center, which had publicly been opposed to Moore’s politics a number of times, filed an ethics complaint with the Judicial Inquiry Commission, which referred several charges, all coming from his administrative order, to the Court of the Judiciary.

Moore previously explained, “The sole purpose of the administrative order in question was to inform the probate judges that six months after the briefing order, the court still remained in deliberation on the matter and that, therefore, the API orders continued in effect pending ‘further decision.'”

In a filing with the system, Moore said claims he was defying the federal court system were incorrect.

“While the JIC contends that my motivation to issue the administrative order was to defy the federal courts, the following excerpts from my memoranda to the court … indicate that I strongly encouraged my colleagues to dispel the existing concern and uncertainty by promptly addressing the question,” he wrote.

He noted that on Sept. 2, 2015, he urged his fellow judges to “make a decision in this case.”

He told his fellow judges “one way or the other: to acquiesce in Obergefell and retreat from our March orders or reject Obergefell and maintain our orders in place.”

“Any decision is better than no decision at all,” he wrote. “The uncertainty facing the probate judges [those who issue marriage licenses in the state] is enormous. … They need guidance from us on this court’s view.”

A month later, he repeated his plea.

The actual charges against Moore, however, are part of a larger offensive by SPLC and JIC against conservative justices in Alabama, critics contend.

WND had just reported that Justice Tom Parker had sued because SPLC filed a complaint with the JIC in an attempt to restrict his free speech, which is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

While Moore’s lawsuit over JIC procedures was dismissed for now, it could reappear at the appellate court level in the future.

The cases suggested SPLC, which has been linked in a federal court case to domestic terrorism and earlier smeared GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson by putting him on its “thoroughly disgusting list of ‘haters,'” is working with the JIC to injure the conservatives.

SPLC and the JIC are attempting “to intimidate, silence, and punish Justice Parker for his originalist judicial philosophy and protected speech,” Parker’s case claims.

“Justice Parker has a constitutional right to speak out on the case so long as he is not presently presiding over it. We know have seen a disturbing pattern of the JIC doing the bidding of the Southern Poverty Law Center and filing politically motivated charges against Alabama Supreme Court justices in order to remove them from the bench. It is time to put a stop to this free speech violation and the automatic removal provision,” said Staver.

SPLC’s earlier attack on Carson was described in a commentary by Joseph Farah, founder and editor of WND.

“Apparently, the racketeering outfit that poses as a ‘progressive’ civil liberties group realized it had crossed a bridge too far in its smear efforts against, quite possibly, the most respected black leader in America (and, yes, I include Barack Obama and all members of his administration and frequent White House visitors such as Al Sharpton),” he wrote.

“The group’s stock-in-trade is raising hundreds of millions of dollars through fanning the flames of phantom threats posed almost exclusively by those who love America and its Constitution. The others are a collection of actual scum-of-the-earth racists, neo-Nazis and other certifiable lunatics who, through guilt by association, are intended to reflect badly on the liberty proponents and Christians and Jews on the list, who are the SPLC’s real targets.”

He noted SPLC posted Carson on its hate list and then removed him.

“Think about how shameless SPLC really is: [Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry] Boykin and [Tony] Perkins [both now with the Family Research Council] are still on the list despite the fact that the group inspired a domestic terrorist and would-be mass murderer to conduct an armed attack on their Family Research Council years ago with the intent of shooting and killing every single employee and leaving a Chik-fil-A sandwich on their corpses. That guy, by the way, now serving time in an attack that resulted in a non-fatal bullet wound to FRC’s black security guard, never made it to the SPLC’s ‘hate’ list, despite getting his marching orders from the group,” Farah wrote.

The JIC went so far as to hire a former worker for SPLC to build its case against Moore, the agency’s critics note.

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