Court: Alabama Supreme Court: Judge Can Publicly Criticize Gay Marriage
U.S. District Court Judge W. Keith Watkins issued a permanent injunction on Monday declaring a state rule restricting Parker's ability to offer public comment on certain cases a violation of the First Amendment.
"Canon 3A(6) as presently constituted facially violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution because it is not narrowly tailored to meet a compelling government interest, and is both overinclusive and substantially overbroad," wrote Judge Watkins in his decision.
Watkins ruled that Alabama's JIC cannot "punish any public comment by a judge unless the public comment can reasonably be expected to affect the outcome or impair the fairness of a proceeding pending or impending in any court."...