Roy Moore Asks High Court to Hear His Case

Moore announced his appeal at a news conference Monday.
Moore announced his appeal at a news conference Monday.

Ousted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court again. First, it was to have his ten commandments monument returned to the judicial building and justices refused to hear the case. This time it's an effort to get his job back.

Moore was removed from office for defying a federal court order, when he refused to move the monument. He claims it was an unjust decision.

Moore's appeal claims the Court of the Judiciary removed him from office simply because of his belief in God. "It seeks to stop courts from telling you what you can think," Moore says.

At a news conference Monday, Moore and his attorneys played a selected excerpt from the Court of the Judiciary hearing, in which then attorney general Bill Pryor asked Moore about his religious beliefs.

Pryor asked, "If you resume your duties as chief justice after this proceeding, you will continue to acknowledge God as you have testified that you would, no matter what any other official says?" Moore responded, "Absolutely."

Moore said the clip was significant because "what he (Pryor) was saying was, 'you will not hold public office if you do not deny God.'"

The Southern Poverty Law Center was one of the organizations that helped in the legal fight against Moore's ten commandments monument. Lawyers at the center have reviewed his latest appeal and they say it doesn't hold water.

"He's doing this really just to keep his name in front of the press," says Richard Cohen. He says, in the excerpt, Pryor was only proving to the court Moore's disregard for the law.

"He (Moore) said that if he had to do it again, he would put that monument back, despite the court order. So they said, look, if we return him to office, he'll do it again. So they (the court) had absolutely no choice.

The supreme court is expected to decide whether to hear Moore's case sometime this fall. Moore's legal bills are being paid for by a private organization, the Foundation for Moral Law.

Reporter: Mark Bullock