He is the Chief Justice in Alabama. He just sent an order to all judges to defy a federal Supreme Court decision which authorizes the state to give out marriage licenses to gay couples. Its one thing for Joe Smith to defy the law but a Chief Justice of a state to openly tell judges to defy a court order? Our court system cannot allow rogue justices to defy court orders. I would say in some ways this is worst then when a governor does this, judges sole job is to enforce the law and follow orders from federal courts and SCOTUS.
Also if a judge disobeys the federal decision isn't this minimum contempt.
How does federal judges enforce local state judges anyways? It has to be more then trust. I have never heard of this before in which a state court defies the decision of SCOTUS and federal court. Any lawyers know what happens in these case. art