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Alabama’s Judicial Inquiry Commission has agreed to pay a $100,000 penalty to lawyers for state Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, who was investigated at the insistence of the progressive Southern Poverty Law Center for his criticism of same-sex marriage.
SPLC, known for its designation of organizations that promote traditional moral values as “hate groups,” targeted remarks Parker made several years ago in a radio interview that made no mention of any current cases.
Parker is seeking the office of chief justice for the court.
The JIC, instead of tossing the complaint as frivolous, conducted a year-long investigation.
But according to a settlement agreement submitted to the federal court for approval, the state organization will pay $100,000 in legal fees for Parker’s lawyers at Liberty Counsel, and it will stop enforcing the speech-restricting judicial rules.
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