Thursday, May 25, 2017

THE LEGAL PRINCIPLES SUPPORTING MY RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

I am pasting a link to the brief that our legal team filed with the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission last week.  I do so to let you know what the law is, and has been for a long time, the meaning of judicial "impartiality" and "independence," and so you will know what my rights are under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and the Arkansas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, both as a follower of Jesus and as a judge.  

The brief is 20 pages long.  The law supporting my position is clear, well-established, and has been followed in Arkansas and elsewhere for years.  The ethics complaint against me was lodged in the face of that law.  That complaint, and the referral by the Arkansas Supreme Court that triggered it, is baseless.

In my brief I've asked that the complaint against me be dismissed by June 1, 2017. Because the legal principles in my case are clear and well-established, the executive director of the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission should readily grant that request.  Time will tell if that happens.

    

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