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He was drummed out of Alabama’s Supreme Court in 2003 after he’d refused to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments that’d he’d put up at the courthouse. Ten years later, he won an election to serve as chief justice, only to be suspended in 2016 for refusing to comply with a federal ruling that legalized same sex marriage across the nation.
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“You can’t legislate patriotism, you can’t legislate morality, and we have a candidate who wants to do exactly that. And this is a guy that got removed or suspended, twice, for not respecting the rule of law.”.