News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2006


Daniel Wade Moore case exposes court politics

We've interviewed candidates for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and incumbents who are seeking positions on other appellate courts this year.

To a candidate, each touts work ethic and the importance of keeping a current docket.

Yet, the Daniel Wade Moore case undercuts what the incumbents put out for public consumption. His attorney last week more or less gave up on the court — after waiting 16 months for a ruling — and appealed to the state Supreme Court.

Sherman Powell Jr. asked the Supreme Court to dismiss an appeal of Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson's controversial ruling to free Mr. Moore.

Mr. Moore isn't the savoriest person but he's entitled to due process of the law. The appeals court did the expedient thing and ordered Mr. Moore back to jail after Judge Thompson ordered him freed in a ruling in which he cited double jeopardy.

Feelings run high in this case in which a local jury convicted Mr. Moore of murdering Karen Tipton in 1999.

The case also pits a veteran prosecutor against a powerful circuit judge. There is no reason for this case to drag on except that politics are involved.

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