Alabama Supreme Court race: Johnston stays on the ballot
Doc's Political Parlor reports: The ballot remains the same in the GOP primary for Supreme Court Justice, Place 3.
Supreme Court Justice and candidate Tom Parker had sued to get GOP challenger Eric Johnston taken off the ballot, citing two disclosure statements that Parker maintained were not timely filed which, Parker also maintained, should have barred Johnston?s name being certified for the ballot. At the trial level, the judge ruled in Johnston?s favor, holding that the disclosures were timely. Parker appealed to the high court.
The specially-seated Supreme Court* (all of Parker?s colleague justices recused) unanimously sided with Johnston but didn?t touch the matter of timely or untimely disclosure statements. Instead, they looked to a motion Johnston made at the trial level which was never ruled on below: that the trial court did not have subject-matter jurisdiction to hear the suit in the first place. Read the whole article and get the opinion -->Alabama Politics in Doc's Political Parlor