Chief Justice Roy Moore To Stand Trial For Ethics Violations

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A state panel has refused to dismiss an ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. The matter will now go to trial on September 28.

The Court of the Judiciary on Monday denied Moore’s request to dismiss the complaint that he violated ethical standards for judges with a January memo to probate judges regarding same-sex marriage.

The court also denied the Judicial Inquiry’s Commission’s request to go ahead and remove Moore from office.

Moore told probate judges in January that a March Alabama Supreme CA state panel has refused to dismiss an ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, sending him to a trial-like proceeding on Sept. 28.

ROY MOORE IN COURTThe Court of the Judiciary on Monday denied Moore’s request to dismiss the complaint that he violated ethical standards for judges with a January memo to probate judges regarding same-sex marriage.

The court also denied the Judicial Inquiry’s Commission’s request to go ahead and remove Moore from office.

Moore told probate judges in January that a March Alabama Supreme Court order to deny marriage licenses to gay couples remained in effect.

The commission has accused Moore of urging probate judges to defy the courts on gay marriage. Moore said he was only noting the order had not been lifted.ourt order to deny marriage licenses to gay couples remained in effect.

The commission has accused Moore of urging probate judges to defy the courts on gay marriage. Moore said he was only noting the order had not been lifted.

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If the court agrees with the Judicial Inquiry Commission, Moore could be removed from office again, more than a decade after his first ouster, for refusing a federal order to take down a Ten Commandments statue he had installed in the court building.

Moore said his gay marriage guidance simply explained that a previous state ban on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples remained in effect until rescinded by his court, despite a federal judge’s order to begin complying with the nation’s highest court.

His attorney, Mat Staver, argued Monday that Moore never told anyone to disobey the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, and did nothing to warrant a misconduct conviction.

This defense “defies common sense,” countered John Carroll, a former federal magistrate representing the commission’s investigators.

Moore entered the packed courtroom, where he usually presides over Alabama’s Supreme Court, to applause from his supporters. Earlier, activists on both sides of the gay marriage debate held dueling rallies outside the judicial building.

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