Senior Associate Justice Gorman Houston will serve as acting chief justice.
The Court of the Judiciary which will hear the case consists of the following:
- 1 member appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court - William Thompson, Court of Civil Appeals
- 2 members appointed by the Circuit Judges Association - David Raines from Fort Payne, Robert Kendall from Mobile
- 1 member appointed by the District Judges Association - John Dobson, Oneonta
- 2 lawyers appointed by the Alabama Bar Association - John Denson from Opelika and William Melton from Evergreen
- 1 member appointed by the Lieutenant Governor - James North, Birmingham
- 2 members appointed by the governor. These seats are vacant.
The Judicial Inquiry Commission met early Friday morning and supporters of Chief Justice Roy Moore made sure they were there to voice their support for the chief justice. In what supporters saw as a "Journey for Justice," they walked from the state's judicial building to the commission meeting place at the Alabama Center for Commerce as a journey for justice.
Judge Moore's stalwart supporters wanted to convince the commission not to file charges against Justice Moore. Supporters knew the seriousness of the situation and viewed it as "a critical time for us to show support."
The commission was scheduled to meet in a closed, confidential hearing to see if there was probable cause to forward the ethics complaint against Judge Moore to the Court of the Judiciary. But the halls of the seventh floor were filled with the justice's supporters. They were asked to leave and they did, but not before offering up prayers seeking mercy for the man they believe is fighting for their cause.
This time the prayers were not answered the way the prayerful crowd was seeking. But they believe in their cause; They believe in their judge, and they believe in their God. For Moore's supporters it's just a matter of time before their cause is proved just.