Parker Blasts Fellow GOP Justices
In a New Years Day op-ed in the Birmingham News, Parker lambasted the other 8 members of the unanimously Republican Alabama Supreme Court for following precedent on an US Supreme Court ruling that outlaws the execution of individuals who committed crimes as minors.
While serving in the AG's office, Parker helped prosecute such a criminal. Renaldo Adams, who was convicted of a rape and murder committed when he was 17, was recently taken off death row after the Alabama Supreme Court followed the lead of the US Supreme Court on the issue of executing minors. The Alabama Supreme Court followed the precedent by an unanimous 8-0 verdict as Parker was forced to recuse himself due to his previous involvement in the case.
Parker's op-ed not only lays out the legal reasoning behind his disagreement with his colleagues, but also takes them to task on a not-so-subtle personal level.
I am not surprised that the liberal activists on the U.S. Supreme Court go to such lengths to usurp more political power. I am also not surprised they use such ridiculous reasoning to try and force foreign legal fads on America. After all, this is the same Court that has declared state displays of the Ten Commandments to be unconstitutional.It doesn't take much reading between the lines to see Parker labeling the other GOP justices as "accomplices" to "liberal activists".
But I am surprised, and dismayed, that my colleagues on the Alabama Supreme Court not only gave in to this unconstitutional activism without a word of protest but also became accomplices to it by citing Roper as the basis for their decision to free Adams from death row.
And Parker's final touch:
Conservative judges today are on the front lines of the war against political correctness and judicial tyranny. Happily, Alabama's Supreme Court has a reputation of being one of the most conservative in the nation. However, it does no good to possess conservative credentials if you surrender them before joining the battle.Whether or not you agree with Parker's interpretationn of the law, the potency of a 30 second ad revolving around this issue is obvious. Parker obviously feels strongly about the ruling and is using it to send a shot across the bow of the rest of the court.
I don't know if Parker and his movement have the strength to fundamentally shift the balance of the court further to the right, but I do know that the temperature on the third floor of the State Judicial Building is a few degrees lower this week.