|Bill Pryor Got His Judas Money
February 25, 2004
According to news reports, "President Bush used a recess
appointment Friday [Feb. 20] to give Alabama Attorney General Bill
Pryor a seat on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily. Pryor
was sworn in by U.S. Circuit Judge Ed Carnes in a private ceremony
in Alabama Friday. His appointment is expected to last until the end
Faithful readers of this column know that Pryor was the
political Judas who turned against Alabama Supreme Court Chief
Justice Roy Moore after promising former Alabama Governor Fob James
and the people of Alabama that he would back Moore "all the way." In
fact, Bill Pryor would never have attained the Alabama Attorney
General's office without his enthusiastic support for Judge Moore.
Therefore, James and others were shocked at Pryor's sudden decision
to prosecute Chief Justice Moore and orchestrate Moore's removal
from the Alabama Supreme Court.
(To read the transcript of Bill Pryor's shocking remarks
during the trial and my eyewitness account of the trial, go to my
After Pryor's betrayal of Chief Justice Moore, many people
were left wondering, "Who or what got to Bill Pryor?" The answer is
Karl Rove and a
promised federal judgeship.
The Bush White House, through Rove, had clandestinely opposed
Roy Moore since he ran for Alabama Chief Justice. When they could
not defeat Moore at the polls, they decided to defeat him through
the federal courts. To accomplish this, they needed a Judas from
inside Alabama. Enter Bill Pryor.
It quickly became obvious to Rove that Pryor was their man.
With the promise of a federal judgeship, he would turn against Chief
Justice Moore and help assure Moore's removal from the bench. Pryor
lived up to his end of the bargain and now Bush and Rove have lived
up to their end. Last Friday, President Bush used a recess
appointment to install Pryor as a federal appeals court judge. The
Judas money has been paid.
When you read Bill Pryor's remarks at Chief Justice Moore's
"trial," you will be instantly impressed with the fact that Pryor is
a firm believer in transjudicialism. He actually believes that
federal judges do not merely interpret the law, they are the law.
Pryor suffers from the same disease that many in the judiciary seem
to suffer from these days: the belief that a judge's opinion, not
the Constitution, is law of the land.
Beyond that, Bill Pryor believes that a judge's opinion is
greater in authority than even a person's moral conscience. In
Pryor's world, there is no freedom of conscience and no freedom of
religion. In Pryor's world, a judge's ruling is superior to moral,
natural, or even divine law. In Pryor's world, a federal judge is a
de facto king. In other words, Bill Pryor is a judicial tyrant!
However, Bill Pryor is even worse than a judicial tyrant. He
is a Judas turncoat who obtained his position by lying to Governor
Fob James and the people of Alabama and by betraying a man far
greater in honor and character than himself. There is a place
reserved for such men, and even a federal judge has no authority or
power there! As with Judas of old, Bill Pryor will learn that when
one trades truth and honor for thirty pieces of silver, he always
makes a bad deal.
© Chuck Baldwin
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