To look back on the events in this case see this fully annotated chronology of highlights in the legal fight over the Ten Commandments monument in Alabama's Judicial Building with links to supporting stories and information.More >>
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Ousted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore announced early Wednesday morning, in a press release, that he plans to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court regarding his removal from office.
Moore says, "I'm appealing this decision because of the hypocrisy of the judicial system which allows public officials to say one thing and do another. The Federal Courts open with 'God save the United States and this honorable court' and take their oaths 'so help me God' and then take away the public acknowledgement of God. We have now moved from moving monuments out of buildings which acknowledge God, to removing public officials from office for expressing a belief in God."
Moore's legal team maintains there are two main federal issues in this appeal, dealing with the First Amendment and due process of law.
In the released statement, Phillip Jauregui, one of Moore's legal team says, "The Alabama Supreme Court violated the First Amendment free excercise guarantee by affirming the action of the Court of the Judiciary. This imposed a religious test upon Chief Justice Roy Moore by removing him from office because he acknowledged God as the moral foundation of law and justice in fulfillment of his duty under the Alabama Constitution."
Herb Titus, another member of Moore's legal team, says that the "legal argument here is that the Alabama Supreme Court denied Moore's liberty and property without due process of law by affirming the action of the Court of the Judiciary to deny Moore any opportunity to be heard on his defense that to obey an unlawful federal court order violates his oath to support the United States Constitution under Article VI."
So far, there has been no comment from those who filed the lawsuit against Roy Moore's 10 Commandments monument, which was inside the Alabama Judicial Building.
updated May 26, 10:50 a.m.Roy Moore To Appeal To U.S. Supreme CourtMore>>