State Supreme Court upholds Roy Moore’s suspension
MONTGOMERY | Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore lost his effort to regain his job on Wednesday as the Alabama Supreme Court upheld his suspension for urging defiance of the federal courts’ landmark rulings allowing same-sex couples to marry.
Mr. Moore’s fate was in the hands of specially appointed judges who were selected at random after his colleagues on the state’s highest court recused themselves, and these judges upheld both the findings that Mr. Moore violated judicial ethics with his actions and his suspension for the remainder of his term.
The judges found “clear and convincing evidence” that Mr. Moore urged Alabama’s probate judges to defy the federal courts on same-sex marriage.
Mr. Moore is the third Republican politician in Alabama to be removed from his duties during a season of scandal in Alabama.
The state’s House speaker was convicted of ethics charges last year. Gov. Robert Bentley resigned last week amid an effort to impeach him after the fallout from an alleged affair.