10 Commandments Opponents Angry Over Attorneys' Titles

Attorney General Bill Pryor has been asked to remove the title of deputy attorney general from two private lawyers for Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in his fight to keep a Ten Commandments monument in the Alabama Judicial Building.

Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, contends Pryor should remove the title from Stephen Melchior of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Herbert Titus of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Lynn said Monday that Pryor should distance himself from the two attorneys partly because they claimed a federal judge did not have authority to order the state's chief justice to remove the monument.

Melchior and Titus have not been paid by the state and presumably could continue to represent Moore even if the title was removed. Suzanne Webb, a spokeswoman for Pryor, said the attorney general had received the letter from Lynn, but would have no further comment.

Neither Melchior nor Titus returned telephone messages left at their offices yesterday. Federal Judge Myron Thompson ordered the monument removed. The judge said he may fine the state if the monument remains after August 20th.

Produced by Vanessa Staples