‘Ten Com­mand­ments’ judge a step closer to come­back

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

The for­mer chief jus­tice of the Alabama Supreme Court who re­fused to move a Ten Com­mand­ments dis­play from a court­house is a step closer to get­ting his old job back.

Roy Moore re­ceived a lit­tle more than 50 per­cent of the vote to win the Re­pub­li­can nom­i­na­tion for his old job, ac­cord­ing to un­of­fi­cial re­sults Wed­nes­day. He is heav­ily fa­vored to win the gen­eral elec­tion in Novem­ber.

It is an im­prob­a­ble come­back for Mr. Moore. Af­ter be­ing elected chief jus­tice in 2000, he had a 5,280pound gran­ite mon­u­ment of the Ten Com­mand­ments in­stalled in the lobby of the state ju­di­cial build­ing in Mont­gomery.

A trial court for judges re­moved him in 2003 for the rest of his term be­cause of his re­fusal to abide by a fed­eral judge’s or­der to re­move the dis­play. The pun­ish­ment did not pre­vent him from run­ning for chief jus­tice again.

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