Suspended Chief Justice Responds To Critics

Suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore
Suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore

For the first time since filing his appeal, suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore is talking about his decision to take his Ten Commandments case to the nation's highest court. Moore is also explaining his reasons for appealing the case, and why he's concerned over the amount of power judges have.

He arrives at the Alabama Forestry Association to begin the first of several interviews. Suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore is bringing is message home after spending days talking about his Ten Commandments case in other cities. Now, he's uncertain whether the high court will hear his appeal because it only accepts a small per cent age of cases each year.

"Do you really think this case will be one of that small per cent age? I think it should be. For forty years there's been no standard rule. District courts all over this land have rendered different rulings on these issues."

And, that's his main argument to the high court. He says there are too many judges issuing too many different rulings regarding this first amendment, separation of church and state issue. "Take for example the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down the law which is the Pledge of Allegiance because it had under God in it. We have 'In God we Trust' on our money by national law. Will they then start taking that off the money, and that out of the pledge, and that off our national motto and out of the national anthem because it has God in it?"

And, he's not only questioning all of the different rulings judges have made, he's also questioning how people have elevated the judges. They have put judges as Gods. They have said whatever a judge says is the rule of law. Whatever a judge says is not the rule of law, if it was we would still have slavery. If what a judge says was the rule of law, slaves would still be property."

But what really gets to him, he says, is when a judge tells him he's promoting religion and doesn't define what religion is. "And you come in and I'm a judge and you sit in the chair and I say get up Eileen, and you say why should I get up and I say well you're sitting on a table. You say, well this is a chair. No, I say it's a table. Get up. You see when I can define the word table to be anything I want it to be then I have the power to tell you where you can sit and where you can't sit."

One of the plaintiff's in the case the Southern Poverty Law Center says it thinks Moore's appeal is frivolous, that Moore raises no real new issues, and that the law is well decided, so much so the SPLC says it doesn't think it's even going file a response. It also says it thinks the U.S. Supreme Court will deny hearing this case, and the matter will be ended.

Roy Moore's other court dates are Friday, October 3rd when he must respond to the ethics charges against him. Then on Wednesday, November 12th his trial is set to begin.

Reporter: Eileen Jones