Etowah County Judge Roy Moore rode the ten commandments issue all the way to the Chief Justice seat on the Supreme Court. Moore was sworn in at noon Monday. He takes over for retiring Chief Justice Perry Hooper, Sr.
It was an invitation only ceremony and his friends and relatives from Gadsden were all there. Even close friends and relatives of the Chief Justice-Elect had to go through security at the Judicial Complex. One of those is Judge Roy Moore's mother who was surprised once she got inside to see a picture someone brought her of her son, the Chief Justice-Elect, when he was just six years old. "He was very neat. Had his hair combed just perfect," Evelyn Moore said of her son. "He was always neat. Had his shirt tucked in. He was a good boy. We never had an trouble out of him. Never."
He might not have caused his parents any trouble, but his younger sisters and brothers say even tho they all went to church on sunday mornings, he happens to have more spunk than the rest. "He's pretty religious," his brother Jerry Moore said. "I don't know if I could be as religious as him. He stands for what he believes in, and he just don't back down."
And, he didn't back down in spite of a court order to take the Commandments off the wall in his Gadsden courtroom. Thousands of supporters came to the capitol from across the country to support him in his stand several years ago, and finally the very court that he now heads ruled in his favor.
"I felt sorry for him. If people knew Roy, they'd know he's really got it in his heart," said Jerry Moore. "I just felt sorry for him. He's had a rough battle with it, but he won't give up. I can tell you that."
After a few seconds of taking the oath, he changed his title from judge to Chief Justice. But the question remains, will the ten commandments be hung at the state Supreme Court building? The new Chief Justice only says that "God's law will be acknowledged there publicly."