Roy Moore is an even lower life form than you would have thought possible. When he was on the bench of the Alabama State Supreme Court he argued that the state’s “rape shield” law should not prevent convicted sex offenders from using certain evidence about their underage accusers’ personal lives to discredit them. That’s right. Roy Moore sided with convicted rapists and sex offenders. The Guardian:
The cases were among 10 between 2013 and 2016 where Moore dissented from the court’s majority view and sided with alleged offenders who were appealing to the court as part of their efforts to overturn convictions or punishments for sexual crimes.
A review by the Guardian of all decisions issued by the Alabama supreme court during Moore’s second stint found decisions on 16 criminal cases that involved alleged sexual crimes. Moore sided with the offender over state prosecutors in 13 of those cases. On 10 occasions, this meant dissenting from the court’s majority view.
Here are just a few of the cases. I’ll go ahead and err on the side of caution and issue a TRIGGER WARNING:
– Eric Higdon, a daycare center intern convicted of raping a four-year-old boy and accused of assaulting several other young children. Moore in July 2015 said “sodomy is an abhorrent crime and should be strictly punished” but argued the evidence did not support a lower court’s finding that Higdon had assaulted a child using “forcible compulsion”.
– James Ware, who was convicted of raping a graduate student while she slept, leaving her bound and blindfolded. Moore in January 2014 argued that Ware should have been allowed to question in court every laboratory technician involved in tests that linked his DNA to the victim, rather than just their supervisor, who had testified. Moore sided with the majority on separate questions relating to Ware’s convictions for burglary and robbery.
– Robert Simmons, who was convicted of first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse of a six-year-old girl. Moore in June 2015 said Simmons should be given a hearing to argue that he had not been adequately represented by his attorneys.
If you haven’t had enough, try to stomach this:
The rape-shield law also arose in the case of Sherman Tate, a school mentor who was convicted of coercing two 15-year-old female students to touch him sexually. Moore argued in June 2014 that attorneys for Tate should have been allowed to tell jurors that he believed the girls were bisexual and in a relationship together.
Moore said evidence of a relationship between the teenage girls “could be relevant to the victims’ alleged bias against Tate or their collusion” and that this should not be barred by the state’s rape-shield rules.
Roy Moore is an unspeakable pig. He does not belong in the United States Senate. If elected, the Senate should follow Senator Cory Gardner’s (R-Colo.) advice and expel him, or alternatively, refuse to seat him at all.