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HAPPY NICE-ISH TIMES TO ALABAMA where Governor Kay Ivey is planning to sign a bill making it a little easier for people to vote in the Heart of Dixie. Sure, your state illegally disenfranchised thousands of people and the federal courts were probably going to force you to knock it off anyway. But the important thing is, you’re doing the right thing now! Well, more or less.

In 1901, the Alabama legislature drafted a law with the stated intent to “establish white supremacy in this state” by disenfranchising black voters. Anyone convicted of a “crime of moral turpitude” lost the right to vote forever. But those crafty lawmakers left the definition of “moral turpitude” open to local interpretation, which meant the county registrar could apply his own criteria. You will be unsurprised to learn that brown people were barred from voting at rates several times higher than pink people. But you might be surprised to learn that a unanimous Supreme Court overturned the statute in 1985 for violating the Equal Protection Clause. Even Justice Rehnquist was like, “NOPE, TOO RACIST.”

And they all lived happily ever after!

Hahahaha! We make joke!

What really happened was that Alabama inserted almost identical wording about “moral turpitude” into a brand new law in 1996. But this time, they didn’t stand up on the floor of the Alabama House and shout, WE ARE TRYING TO STOP BLACK PEOPLE FROM VOTING! They just thought it to themselves silently. PROBABLY. And who says God doesn’t answer prayers!

Per Slate:

Today, the statute has helped to disenfranchise 250,000 Alabamans, most of them black. Indeed, a stunning 15 percent of otherwise qualified black voters in Alabama can’t cast a ballot because of the state’s felony disenfranchisement law.

As with the 1901 statute, Alabama Legislators left the definition of “moral turpitude” largely up to the whims of local registrars. The statute included an incomplete list of turpitudinous crimes, and the Attorney General offered some conflicting guidance, but the result was an arbitrary patchwork where a person could lose the right to vote if she moved over the county line.

Perrion Roberts, a registered voter in Madison County, was charged with drug trafficking but pleaded guilty to drug possession and spent two years in prison before being paroled in 2006 to a halfway house in Jefferson County. There she registered and was able to vote. Then she moved back to Madison County, shortly before the 2008 election, and sought to transfer her voter registration there. She was told in a letter, however, that her voting rights had been denied because of her past conviction.

This is really not how voting is supposed to work. So the Campaign Legal Center filed a federal lawsuit arguing that the statute violated Alabama voters’ Constitutional rights to due process and enfranchisement and that it is void for vagueness. As a general rule of thumb, courts HATE laws that are so unclear that they permit subjective enforcement. Or perhaps judges are just happy to say, “No one could possibly interpret this law! Off with its head!” rather than confront more complicated Constitutional issues. In any event, the prospects were dim for a law that made voter eligibility dependent on the subjective discretion of individual county registrars. So Alabama finally passed a Definition of Moral Turpitude Act, and we should all congratulate them for being a little less racist than they were yesterday. Even better, once a convicted person has served her sentence and completed parole and probation, she can apply to the Board of Parole and Probation to get back her right to vote. See how fun civil rights can be???

EXCEPT…

The law conditions restoration of voting rights on payment of all fees, court costs, and restitution. So a guy who commits insider trading will probably have the money to get back in good standing with the Parole Board, but someone convicted of a low-level property crime probably can’t.

The lead plaintiff in the complaint is Treva Thompson, who was registered to vote in Madison County before she was convicted in 2005 of a class B felony, another property theft crime that carries a 20-year maximum sentence. Thompson never served any time in prison, but she was immediately removed from the list of eligible voters. In 2015, she asked to be reinstated on the voter rolls but was denied. The crime of theft, her local registrar concluded, was one of “moral turpitude.” Moreover, Thompson’s journey through the state’s justice system has left her saddled with $40,000 in legal debt she cannot pay, another disqualifying factor.

There is no provision that waives court costs for indigent filers. And conditioning voting rights on financial payment amounts to an unconstitutional poll tax. So, the Campaign Legal Center’s case goes on. But still, WELL DONE, ALABAMA!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!

[Slate / Think Progress / The Marshall Project / Hunter v. Underwood, 471 U.S. 222 (1985) / Definition of Moral Turpitude Act / Thompson v. Alabama 2:16-cv-783]

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  • mardam422

    Moral turpitude will remove the paint from your car bumper.

    • William

      Moby Dick is an STD

      • Msgr_MΩment

        “Call me Chlamydia.”

    • ken_kukec

      But it won’t clean the Klan sticker off.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Geez ‘Bama why not just make each black vote count as 3/5th of a white person.

    For a bunch of guys who are high and mighty about their mental, moral and ethnic superiority they sure act like a bunch of cowardly shits too ‘fraid of what the black folks would do if they were in charge.

  • RobKanC

    Alabama – trying really hard to become Mississippi but still can’t beat the backwardness of MS

    • Oblios_Cap

      Inching closer and closer, though.

  • William
  • Crystalclear12

    One tiny, microscopic step at a time!

  • Oblios_Cap

    They still have one wheel in the ditch.

  • William
  • Skwerl the Impeachanator!

    Come to think of it I need to drop by the paint store and pick up a couple of quarts of turpitude.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Don’t get the water-based stuff…doesn’t work for shit.

    • Oneofthebobs

      Get the extra strength turpitudinous.

  • Mike

    Voting is something more than a right…it’s a duty.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      I’ve always felt this way. I attribute this to my parents, who took being informed just as seriously as voting as a duty in a democracy.

  • HazooToo
  • Reading about voter suppression gives me a bad turpitude.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      There’s a cream for that.

  • Jenny

    In ye old high school, the government teacher was like government sucks. Voting doesn’t matter, and anyone who runs for office is a loon. I objected, of course, cuz wtf.

    Half the class wasnt listening or pay attention to the nerd arguing with the teacher, but the other half of those kids took his words to heart. It makes me sad every time I look at facebook. So I don’t.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      Your teacher ought to be selling vinyl siding for mobile homes, an honorable job but one that keeps him away from the classroom, students, and struggles with intellectual matters. He seems to possess moral turpitude but might be able to handle turpentine.

    • Cheesus Crust _ Rebel

      The stepkid came home last September with the same story – teachers saying voting doesn’t matter, all candidates are bad, blah, blah.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Alabama takes a big step towards being a civilized place. Let’s hope they can follow through and discard the demons of their worst nature, that is, white cracker assholes.

  • janecita

    OT, remember when we used to have a cool, smart president?
    Merkel, also remembers.

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/merkel-obama-attend-podium-discussion-berlin-event-47630333

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      Oh, shit … President Obama is stealing the spotlight from Donald in Europe. Nice trolling, sir. Very nice indeed.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      OMG, he touched her hand.
      And no sign of Michelle around, either.

      • Pisto75666

        I love them SO much!

    • artem1s

      ‘we are stronger when we work together’. where have I heard that before? pretty boring stuff. how about Make the EU Great Again! MEUGA! MEUGA! MEUGA!

    • QHarp, Mujer malévola

      ‘OMG, Barry, this guy suuuxxxx. Come over so if he asks to hang out I can say I already have plans.’

  • beatbort

    WWLSD
    What would Lynnyrd Skynnyrd do?

    • Ricky Gay

      Turn it up?

    • Meccalopolis

      Drink and dance all night?

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Take three steps
      To the door?

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      Light up a doobie and chill.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Return to Boise, Idaho, next year, and look up a certain nameless teenager?

    • William

      Likely ask for three steps towards the door.

    • President in Exile Firefly

      Continue to milk their 1970s fame?

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Buy a Saturday Night Special?
      Ask for his bullets back?

    • William

      Don’t ask him no questions and he won’t tell you no lies.

    • William

      Watergate does not bother him. Does your conscience bother you?

    • janecita

      Aren’t they all dead already?

    • SpideySenser

      Can’t you smell that smell?

  • Spurning Beer

    I wonder if former Alabama governor Robert “The Luv Gov” Bentley has moral turpitude?

    • beatbort

      His ex-wife would say, “Yes, he does, and I wish he’d come and get it out of the garage or I’m gonna put it by the curb.”

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      Only when he takes a Viagra. Otherwise there’s no turpitude to speak of down there.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        Turpid love muscle?

  • The entire denial of suffrage to former felons who have paid their debt to society makes no sense except as a tool of vote suppression and white supremacy.

    • President in Exile Firefly

      Winner winner chicken dinner.

  • Ricky Gay

    Now they just need a Moral Derpitude exclusion and them R’s can’t never vote agin I tell you what!

  • Msgr_MΩment

    OT, so let Greg Gianforte punch me.

    ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ♭ ♮Oh, Jeff Sessions, blam-da-lam
    Oh-oh, Jeff Sessions, blam-da-lam

    He’s from Alabam, blam-da-lam
    He works for Talking Yam, blam-da-lam
    He’s a friend of the Klan, blam-da-lam
    And eats canned clams, blam-da-lam

    • Dudleydidwrong

      Canned clam devouring is prima facie evidence of moral turpitude.

      Sessions is a moral monster on all counts. (“Why do you think he was chosen for his job?” I ask myself.)

  • Jgb979

    Alabama: waiting until the absolute last minute (aka before Mississippi) to move forward.

  • ariel_gee_398

    Alabama: We’d be more racist, but we really need those black players for our college football team. Roll Tide.

    • Similarly: it is said that the 1979 revelation from the good Lord to the Mormon President that black people had souls after all did wonders for BYU’s basketball squad.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Proud Liberal

      Forrest was a lot more progressive than his fellow Alabamians.

  • Spurning Beer

    Show of hands. Who thinks it shows moral turpitude to lie on an application for a security clearance?

    • Meccalopolis

      Obligatory: lock him up!

    • Alan

      That’s different. Not black.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      *raising all hands, feet, and anything else that’ll raise*

    • William

      Having filled out more than my share of those, it’s usually a trip to the JAGs office where they read you your rights and schedule your courts martial.

    • President in Exile Firefly

      We’d have to discuss this in a few closed sessions.

      I’ll show myself out now.

  • canes_pugnaces

    I have spent plenty of time working in the South over the years. One time I had a black (NYC) AD working for me. Local crew refused to follow his instructions. One by one I fired their asses. The remaining crew got used to it.

    • PubOption

      They might also have ignored a white Yankee, but your guy had two strikes against him.

      • Lamashtar

        Yep. In the Army, for some reason, black Yankees had occasional trouble with black southerners. I always saw it as black southerners being more tribal and demanding that others fall in line with their culture, on account of the basically two race culture existing in the south. Not that black northerners don’t have their own differing bits? But its not as demanding as in the south.

  • TJ Barke
    • HazooToo

      Yes.

    • canes_pugnaces

      Q: Can I believe this shit?
      A: Yes. Easily.

    • Alan

      Sadly, yes.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Sounds like extreme moral derpitude to me.

    • Bill D. Burger

      I’m only surprised they didn’t have a rolling banner with: “Montana candidate attacked by aggressive fake news reporter.” on it.

      • God Emperor Emeritus

        Foreign liberal journalist violently assaults GOP candidate’s hands with neck, forces him to fall onto pointy ribs.

    • William

      You’re surprised?

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      Serves them well. Why would anyone with a shred of human decency would choose to work for Fox News?

    • canes_pugnaces

      Fox headline for Michael Splager murder charge:

      SC Man hit by unidentified metal object while cop runs after him trying to prevent it.

    • Pisto75666
  • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

    Well, I guess in Alabama being black is a crime of moral turpitude, isn’t it? Once you understand that it’s easy to see why they think black people shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

  • William

    Sadly, they still have that voter registration form to prove residency. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b997d2e049f1fc53e739eb8b8fad9f5e015749228719604cdf56fc40eb2117a.png

  • Antonin Dvorak

    From the “Your not Helping” Files:

    A group of Bernie Sanders donors are suing the DNC and Debbie Schultz for $300 million on charges of rigging the Democratic Primary.
    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a55253/bernie-donors-lawsuit/

    • Proud Liberal

      The extremes in both parties are squeezing out the reasonable people. Just plain fucking stupid.

      • artem1s

        um, they are not Democrats. they were never Democrats. Their one and only purpose from the get go was to destroy or otherwise derail the DNC. They are trying to frame the ‘extreme’ part of the party as those who refuse to throw brown and vagina persons under the bus. so no, they are NOT the extreme part of the party. They are outsiders attempting a hostile take over.

        • Proud Liberal

          I always said that Bernie was an outside agitator. Not sure what he thinks he is going to achieve by losing most of the Democratic Party.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          The BernOuts I know resemble Trump voters more than anything else….not the ignorant hillbilly ones, but the entitled white ones who think their affluence will keep them safe no matter who is in office.

    • Meccalopolis

      Russian tools

      • Werewolf

        Да.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      We can file that one under “misplaced priorities”.

    • shivaskeeper

      How far do they think that suit will get? I mean really. These fucking people.

  • Proud Liberal

    Republicans figured out a long time ago that the only way to win is to keep people from voting. How democratic of them.

  • Cheesus Crust _ Rebel

    I personally plan to work the word “turpitudinous” into at least 5 conversations today.

    • weejee

      I’ll go with “turpentinious” luv those ‘Bama baby steps, but steps.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      You’re going to have five conversations today? Wow. That’s probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-5 more than I will. (It’s raining and cold here and I have plans to stay in my jammies all day and curl up with a book or two.)

  • If you are in Alabama today and you see a racist, buy them an ice cream.
    https://media1.giphy.com/media/3t7RAFhu75Wwg/giphy.gif

    • janecita

      You have to be richer than God, to spend that kind of money!

  • Bill D. Burger

    On the positive side, Alabama provided one of my fav sports’ pics ever. Happened during an ESPN half time panel discussion of a UA football game. Cheerleaders in the background….and this still happened. I’ll give credit for that.

    Often titled: “Alabama Southern Belle Mating Display”

    http://fazemo.com/images/logo_collegefootball.jpg

    • TheGrandWazoo2

      She really stuck the landing.

  • Stulexington
    • janecita

      I always liked Emilio Estevez:-)

  • Shanzgood

    OT: Waving briefly at TX Wonkers! I am at DFW for a short layover before heading to the land of baconzgood.

    • God Emperor Emeritus

      I was going to remind you to go flip off the Bush statue, but that’s at Houston apparently, so carry on.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Have fun, you two crazy kids!

      Will the wonket be liveblogging? Where do I find the live feed?
      /asking for a friend.

    • janecita

      That explains his goofy picture! Have fun!

    • SpideySenser

      Years ago when I traveled a ton for business, I used to love DFW! All the cool (and expensive) shops, could always find some TX food item unavailable in the BOS area. Hot sauces, TexMex stuff, salsas, etc. A gastronomical feast!

    • pianoplayer1

      THE is cool. Houston sucks.

  • elviouslyqueer
  • baconzinlove

    So this is “good news” from Alabama?

    I said it before and I’ll say it again…FUCK THE SOUTH!

    • Proud Liberal

      Yep. We should have let them secede.

      • TJ Barke

        No, we should have followed through on reconstruction.

        • Bobathonic

          Traitors should have been punished instead of lionized.

          • baconzinlove

            Yes! I like you Bobathonic….I’ll kill you last

          • TJ Barke

            I’ve seen that movie…

          • Bobathonic

            Promise?

          • baconzinlove

            Welllllll…I promise to TRY TO promise.

          • Bobathonic

            Close enough for jazz.

          • ahughes798

            I totally agree with Bobathonic. Can I please get killed second to last? Thank you.

      • baconzinlove

        Got rid of slavery and treated them like Guam for 300 years.

        Sherman is my hero!

    • Msgr_MΩment

      If the South rises for more than four hours, please seek judicial help.

      • baconzinlove

        If your South causes sleeplessness or diraeera stop taking your South. Dry and itchy skin is known to be a symptom of prolonged use of South. Consult a Lincoln if this condition persists.

        • ahughes798

          The South can cause anal leakage, and explosive bowel movements and the inability to control them.

  • rogerclegg

    If you aren’t willing to follow the law
    yourself, then you can’t demand a role in making the law for everyone else,
    which is what you do when you vote. The
    right to vote can be restored to felons, but it should be done carefully, on a
    case-by-case basis after a person has shown that he or she has really turned
    over a new leaf, not automatically on the day someone walks out of prison. After all, the unfortunate truth is that most
    people who walk out of prison will be walking back in. Read more about this issue on our website
    here [ http://www.ceousa.org/voting/voting-news/felon-voting/538-answering-the-challenges-to-felon-disenfranchisement ] and our congressional testimony here: [ http://judiciary.house.gov/_files/hearings/pdf/Clegg100316.pdf
    ].

    • Proud Liberal

      Our vote in 2018 is more important than ever. We have an Attorney General who will not follow the law. He must be held accountable and we all know the Orange One won’t do anything.

      • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

        Yeah, fuck that miserable leprechaun.

        • Proud Liberal

          He has to go and we, the people, are the only ones who can make that happen.

    • Bobathonic

      There is no legitimate reason for pulling the franchise from felons. Plenty of excuses, but no legitimate reasons.

    • h4rr4r

      No, if a person is so dangerous that they cannot be trusted to vote or might be going back in then why have they been released?

    • h4rr4r

      The only Conservative center for race and ethnicity?

      Stormfront predates it by at least a decade.

    • Shanzgood

      Why? What (or whose) purpose does it serve to presume a convicted felon who has served their time will commit more crimes and how does that make any votes they might cast suspect in the interim?

      • h4rr4r

        It keeps minorities from voting.

        • Shanzgood

          Yes *I* know that. I wanted to see Roger’s justification.

          • h4rr4r

            He will not answer truthfully. If he did his little foundation would be gone.

        • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

          Bingo!

      • jesterpunk

        Because it makes the prison companies more money? Also the tough on crime bullshit that cuts any programs that might help people not go back to prison?

    • Gigglesnort

      Putting you in prison deprives you of liberty, including the liberty to vote.

      When you get out of prison, you get to do everything you could do before (well, except the stuff that got you in the joint). But not vote. Accident? I think not.

      Since black and brown people get sent to prison much more than White people, the result is disenfranchising them selectively. Not hard to understand. Hard to excuse, though.

    • Disagree 100%. When you have completed your sentence, you should be fully re-integrated into society, which includes the right to vote. Your haphazardly copypasted nonsense is simply wrongheaded.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Leaving aside the dubious constitutionality of your axiom, there’s no reason why a former convict should lose their right to vote after they’ve served their sentence. Removing the votes of former convicts has, especially in the South, been used as a means of enforcing white political supremacy, and frankly it smacks of the conservative general belief that only the *right* kind of people should be allowed to vote. The state should have to prove why a former convict’s voting rights should be denied.

      • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

        This guy’s argument is classic conservative groupthink: prove your moral worthiness to me and I’ll decide whether you can have any rights. They learn this shit in their churches and through their authoritarian fathers, for the most part. It is a manifestation of their fascination with authoritarian rule. These fuckers just can’t help themselves. They could have it all without inflicting their shitty worldview on the rest of us if they only got into BDSM openly. I’m sure The Gimp had a good time in Maynard’s basement–well, at least until Butch and Marsellus Wallace got there.

    • h4rr4r

      It is unconstitutional to punish someone for a crime you think they may commit in the future.

      • Ferroequinologist Ron

        Simplifies the paperwork, though.

        • h4rr4r

          Gives him an excuse is more like it.

      • Jukesgrrl

        Even in Arizona where the State Supreme Court just ruled that cops cannot do search and seizure solely based on the fact that someone lives in a high-crime area.

    • jesterpunk

      If prisons didnt do everything they can to make sure people stay in prison I might agree.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H9r686J_RE

      Other countries like Norway have actually figured out a way to have lower recidivism rates then the US too.

      http://www.businessinsider.com/why-norways-prison-system-is-so-successful-2014-12

      • ahughes798

        Great show, that one.

    • JustDon’tSaySurety

      So I scrolled through the replies to your kinda broken post, and, ya know what? We disagree. Maybe you should go copy/paste your bullshit somewhere else, Mr/Mrs Supremacist.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      Thanks for demonstrating just who it is who is not interested in being willing to follow the law, yet is demanding the right to make the law for everyone else.

      You know what? I think I’ll say that YOU should be denied the right to vote, because based on your bullshit here, you’re likely to try to disenfranchise citizens or otherwise violate their civil rights in the future.

      After all, it’s FAR easier and more common to turn a convicted felon into a law-abiding citizen than it is to rid a white-supremacist of their arrogant bigotry.

    • Paul

      Sorry but I do not agree. They have paid their debt to society. But then I’m a libtard from Massachusetts. “You can’t demand a role in making the law for everyone else.” Hell yes you can. Here in the People’s Republic YOU CAN RUN FOR OFFICE.

      Again, because they have paid their debt to society. If they screw up a second time, OK, back behind bars. Lose those rights. Pay your debt. Then, once free, resume being a full member of society.

      But they shouldn’t have to keep paying and paying and paying. That is manifestly unjust. Un-Christian too.

  • The Wanderer

    Baby steps . . .

    • Proud Liberal

      Still way behind the starting line.

      • The Wanderer

        Basic Southern philosophy – one step forward, three steps back.

  • h4rr4r

    Fines need to be abolished.

    Any monetary fine, should be converted into hours at minimum wage. All fines should be then replaced with community service of that amount of time. The rich are given the same amount of unknown time on the earth as the rest of us, for the most part.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      Or, at the very least, fines must be in proportion to net worth. I can’t wait for Trumpidiot to claim he is “broke” when they levy a fine for moral turpitude as well as consorting with Russian mobsters, politicians, and Jeff Sessions.

      • h4rr4r

        I don’t believe that to be effective or even remotely close to fair.

        Let’s use an example.

        Dudlydidwrong makes $100,000,.
        He gets a DUI and is forced to pay $10,000.

        H4rr4r makes $20,176, the legal minimum wage in his state and gets the same DUI and must pay $2,017.

        They both paid 10%, but Dudlydidwrong pays for his DUI by not taking a vacation this year and cutting down his entertainment budget. H4r4r has some very tough choices to make and may not be able to pay this while covering rent and utilities.

        • Ferroequinologist Ron

          The proportion need not be linear. Or make it dependent on net worth rather than income.

          • h4rr4r

            I still prefer taking time, rather than money.
            Money is something you can always earn more of. Time is rather more limited.

          • Christine Gray

            Time can be incredibly expensive when you don’t have money. Not only could it cut into your work hours (if, say, you’re working three minimum-wage jobs), but what if you have kids and are forced to pay for child care?

            You could end up taking a double hit.

            Hell, you could even end up being fired for having to miss work..

          • h4rr4r

            I would think the system would be designed to avoid that. With maximums per month and a minimum allowed service window of a month.

            I know where my parents live minor crimes that have community service attached are often fulfilled by volunteer work on weekends and the like.

          • Christine Gray

            Weekends, meaning two days off when you don’t have to work, don’t exist for many many people working the minimum wage.

            And, even if they did have guaranteed time off, there’s still the issue of childcare.

            I’m not saying that people without means shouldn’t have to fulfill their obligations, I’m just pointing out that they’re almost always going to end up getting screwed.

          • h4rr4r

            Sure, but at least this way the pain is somewhat equal.

            At that point though I would suggest that someone could be doing the child care as community service.

        • Dudleydidwrong

          “Equal justice under law” is allegedly the goal. Violations should penalize miscreants in a roughly equal manner. As h4 brings up, equal fines are hardly equal justice. He proposes equal time in community service as equal justice. Others rightly point out that time is more precious (and perhaps not even available) when one works two or more jobs to support a family that also needs your presence.
          1. Equal justice under the law is a wild dream rather than an achievable ideal.
          2. The problem relates directly to wealth disparity, a rapidly increasing reality in this “liberty and justice for all” nation.
          3. Trump and Republicans aren’t helping but are making it worse, by design.
          4. I’m investing in pitchforks, torches, boiling oil, tumbrels, and guillotines.

    • Bobathonic

      I think when you’ve done your time, they should be done pestering you about it.

      • h4rr4r

        I don’t see why one precludes the other. I would imagine prisoners have lots of free time in which to do community service.

        Also too, many people get just fines no jail time.

      • Querolous

        I agree. denying a person any rights post sentence is equivalent to saying that the system does not work. If that is the case then the solution is to change the system.

  • Me not sure
    • “We love local control, except when they want to do something we don’t like!”

      • Stulexington

        Just like we love giving the market a free hand except when they do stuff we don’t like, and love personal freedom except when you do stuff we don’t like.

    • Stulexington
      • ahughes798

        I love this! Something that shows who the real snowflakes are!

      • phoenix00

        Are those those snowflakes in hell I keep hearing about?

    • chortlingdingo

      “Contrary to what its detractors say, the Memorial Preservation Act is intended to preserve all of Alabama’s history – the good and the bad – so our children and grandchildren can learn from the past to create a better future.”

      Senator Allen, I don’t think that having monuments to and schools and roads named after Confederate generals indicates that the Confederacy (and slavery) was bad.

  • OddMan

    Alabama, you got a weight on your shoulders that’s breaking your back.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD3bGEFxGC0

    • Natalie

      One of my all-time favorite, Albums.

  • Khavrinen

    “Alabama Stops Being Total Asshole About Voting Rights, PLEASE CLAP!”

    I think you left out a word in the headline. Shouldn’t the second word be “Temporarily”?

  • wait! what?
  • Lyly Sirivong

    I can’t believe that “moral turpitude” is an actual legal concept.

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      They’re used to defining morality in deterministic terms. They have a whole fucking book they read on Sundays that’s dedicated to doing just that.

      • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

        And that they can interpret whichever way their small-minded hatred takes them.

  • Mayor_Quimby

    You’re still on my no-go list Alabama, along with most of the south, and 150 of the 154 counties in my home of Georgia.

  • Daniel Hooper

    It’s good that the guys who drafted that law left the exact definition of moral turpitude up to those who would enforce it. By my definition, I would ban anybody who would draft such a law in the first place.

  • Ferroequinologist Ron

    Funny, I’d figure being a big ol’ racist in 2017 would be a REALLY good definition of ‘moral turpitude,’ but what do I know?

  • Thompson’s journey through the state’s justice system has left her saddled with $40,000 in legal debt she cannot pay, another disqualifying factor
    How is this not a fucking poll tax?

    • Bitter Scribe

      Plus, how is this not a crushing disincentive to assert your rights? “You want to take the state to court? Fine. But if you lose, you’re on the hook for tens of thousands in ‘court costs.'”

  • whitroth

    I hereby define “moral turpitude” to be “a registered or office-holding Republican”.

  • Jukesgrrl

    If having $40,000 worth of legal debt is a reason to have one’s right to vote revoked, half of Congress and 100% of the Trump administration wouldn’t be allowed near the polls.

  • Zyxomma

    Thanks, $5F.

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