Chief Justice Roy Moore suspended for the remainder of his term
MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - The Court of the Judiciary has voted to suspend Chief Justice Roy Moore from office without pay for the remainder of his term.
That suspension begins immediately. Moore is also responsible for the costs of the proceeding.
Moore's ethics trial began on Wednesday. The decision came down Friday morning.
The Alabama Court of the Judiciary heard testimony surrounding allegations that Moore misused his office by trying to block gay couples from marrying in the state.
Moore's attorney said he wasn't telling probate judges to defy federal courts, but instead he was providing a "status report" on a state case.
During his first term as Chief Justice, Roy Moore commissioned the creation of a two ton, granite monument to the 10 Commandments and he put it in the lobby of the Alabama Judicial Building.
A federal judge ordered him to remove it but Moore refused.
His showdown with the feds drew national attention and created a spectacle in Montgomery as the monument was removed.
On November 13, 2003, Moore was removed from the bench in a unanimous ruling from the Alabama Court of the Judiciary.
Known as "The 10 Commandments Judge," Moore twice ran for governor in 2006 and 2010 but failed to win the Republican nomination. He flirted with the idea of running for president but ended his exploratory committee.
In 2012 he turned back to the bench and was elected once again as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
Nearly 10 years later, he was sworn in for a second time as chief justice.
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