Fingers pointed at Sharon Rondeau, Post & Email
One of the attorneys who successfully represented the Democratic Party in Alabama recently has sent a letter to the Alabama Supreme Court to request an investigation into a potential disclosure of confidential information by none other than Chief Justice Roy Moore. The leak apparently occurred last month concerning the decision in the McInnish v Chapman case. The letter advised the court that the Post & Email blog had reported that “ a source had spoken face to face with Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore who had told the source that ‘a decision was pending this week’”. As it transpired a decision was indeed released the following Friday after the article ran in the Post & Email. If the story by Sharon Rondeau is accurate this would represent a serious breech of judicial ethics and of the rules of the court committed by its Chief Justice.
Barry Ragsdale discussed this potential leak April 2nd on an episode of Reality Check Radio and indicated that in the past the Court has taken potential leaks very seriously even to the point of hiring private investigators in at least one case.
Attorney Ragsdale said he was filing the notice on his own behalf as an officer of the court who “has an ethical and professional duty to report potential judicial misconduct”. We applaud Mr. Ragsdale for the courageous decision to report this serious violation of court rules.
We would suggest that a good place to start an investigation is to talk to Justice Moore’s very good friend and fellow author at WND, plaintiff’s counsel Larry Klayman. Chief Justice Moore and Justice Tom Parker split with the majority of the court who ruled to uphold the lower court decision to dismiss in McInnish. As Barry Ragsdale related to us on RC Radio that there was no clear legal basis for Moore’s and Parker’s dissents.
Several attorneys at the Fogbow Forum had previously suggested that Moore should have recused himself from hearing the case due to his ties to attorney Larry Klayman.
This is a copy of the letter that Mr. Ragsdale sent to the court: