Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore to Face Trial for Banning Homosexual Marriage

ROBERT DAEMMRICH PHOTOGRAPHY INC/GETTY IMAGES Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore speaks at a rally of conservative Texas legislators who oppose gay marriage.
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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore speaks at a rally of conservative Texas legislators who oppose gay marriage.

Suspended Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore will go on trial next month on judicial ethics charges after the Alabama Court of the Judiciary late Monday issued an order that denied Moore’s request to dismiss the charges.

The court, in a brief one-page order, also denied a motion by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission that sought an order removing Moore from the bench without a trial.

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) met Monday afternoon for a hearing to consider a motion by Moore to dismiss the judicial ethics charges against him regarding a same-sex marriage administrative order he issued to probate judges in January. The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission also argued for its motion for the court to remove Moore from the bench now for issuing that order, despite federal and U.S. Supreme Court opinions and orders that says gay marriage is legal nationwide.

Before and after the hearing Moore supporters many carrying signs including “Judge Moore was Right” and gay rights groups that held signs such as “#NoMoore” exchanged words outside the Helflin-Torbert Judicial Building where the hearing was held in Montgomery.

Michael Joiner, chief judge of the court of the judiciary, had said at the end of the hearing that depending on how the COJ ruled on the motions, a full-fledged trial may be held on the charges Sept. 28. The attorneys for both the JIC and Moore told Joiner they don’t see a trial going beyond a day.

Mat Staver, one of Moore’s attorneys, told Joiner he didn’t see a need for a trial. He said the COJ already has all the information it needs to issue a ruling based on the arguments Monday and the information the court already has received.

Joiner asked John Carroll, one of the prosecutors for the JIC, how the COJ could rule on their summary judgement and punish Moore without having a trial. Carroll said that the COJ would have to determine that there is clear and convincing evidence.

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Source: AL.com | Kent Faulk | kfaulk@al.com