Chief Justice Moore suspended without pay


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Mike Finnegan

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended without pay from office until the end of his term in 2019. The ruling came from the Alabama Court of Judiciary (COJ) Friday morning as the committee unanimously found Moore guilty on all six charges he faced.

The COJ’s decision comes following Moore’s administrative order on Jan. 6 of earlier this year when Moore told every probate judge in the state not to follow the Supreme Court’s federal ruling on same-sex marriage being legal.

During Moore’s first term in 2003, the Chief Justice had also been suspended after failing to follow orders from the federal order on removing a monument of the Ten Commandments that he had placed in his court’s building. 

The COJ made clear in its final judgement that while they were removing Moore for his actions, they did not disagree with the popular opinion of the protestors standing outside Moore’s hearing, holding signs that read “Judge Moore is right”.

“At the outside, this court emphasizes that this case is concerned only with alleged violations of the Canon of Judicial Ethics”, begins the COJ’s final judgement. “This case is not about whether same-sex marriage should be permitted: indeed, we recognize that a majority of voters in Alabama adopted a constitutional amendment in 2006 banning same-sex marriage, as did a majority of states over the last 15 years.”