Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore heads to court Wednesday

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore heads to court Wednesday

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is set to head to court Wednesday.

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary will hear testimony in the case surrounding allegations Moore misused his office by trying to block gay couples from marrying in the state.

A panel of nine judges will hear the case and figure out if Moore violated judicial ethics.

In January, Moore sent an order to probate judges that stated a state court order to refuse same-sex marriage licenses remained in effect despite the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

The commission says Moore was urging defiance of federal courts on gay marriage. Moore denied the accusation. His lawyer said he was providing a status report on the state case.

Moore was suspended in May and then sued the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission saying it violated his rights by suspending him. That suit was later dismissed by U.S. District Judge Harold Albritton.

If found guilty, Moore could be removed from office for the second time as Alabama Chief Justice.

In November 2003,  the Court of Judiciary removed Moore from office for defying a federal judge's order to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the state Supreme Court building.

Nearly 10 years later, he was sworn in for a second time as chief justice.

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