MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore walked out of the state courthouse after the acting chief justice refused to halt the lottery to pick the judges that will hear his appeal.
The names of 50 retired judges were drawn in a lottery Thursday as potential members of the special Supreme Court for Moore’s appeal. The first seven willing judges will hear the case.
A judicial panel last month suspended Moore for the remainder of his term after finding he urged state probate judges to defy the federal courts on gay marriage. Sitting justices have recused themselves from Moore’s appeal.
Moore and his attorney asked to delay the selection, but Acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart said there was not a court in place to hear the motion. Moore then left the courthouse.