Chief Justice Roy Moore's attorneys will move to dismiss charges

Chief Justice Roy Moore's attorneys will move to dismiss charges

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama's top judge is currently suspended, but is working to change that.

Chief Justice Roy Moore's attorneys say they will push for the charges to be dismissed, and that the charges are politically motivated and without merit.

Last week, the Judicial Inquiry Commission brought six charges against Moore, which resulted in his suspension.

The charges are a result of a January order in which Moore reportedly told the state's probate judges to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Mat Staver, Moore's attorney, says the JIC went outside their jurisdiction and leaked the information to the press.

On Monday, Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen called Moore 'dangerous, egotistical and a religious zealot.'

"Well that kind of language can be sanctioned, you know. One attorney should not have that kind of language towards any judge," Staver said. "They are free to have their own opinions. They are free to disagree with rulings, but they are not free to degrade an individual; that is wrong. If anything he [Cohen] should be brought up before the JIC."

Staver says he will move to have the charges dismissed, and also challenge the constitutionality of a suspending a judge before any court hearing.

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