State Supreme Court up­holds Roy Moore’s sus­pen­sion

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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.

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