MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Roy Moore has filed an official notice of appeal following a ruling by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary Friday to suspend him through the end of his term as Alabama Chief Justice without pay.
The five-page document was stamped filed Monday with the clerk of the Alabama Supreme Court.
Moore's attorney, Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver, noted several issues at the heart of the appeal including:
- Whether the Judicial Inquiry Commission proved each of the six charges against his client by clear and convincing evidence
- Whether the JIC violated its own rules and Alabama law by breaching confidentiality during its investigation, or by prosecuting without a sworn complaint
- Whether the JIC and COJ have jurisdiction to investigate or punish judges for issuing administrative orders
- Whether the automatic disqualification provision of the Alabama Constitution violates Due Process guarantees
- Whether the COJ can impose a de facto removal from office without a unanimous vote
The ACJ ruled Friday after hearing testimony earlier in the week in the case surrounding allegations that Moore misused his office by trying to block gay couples from marrying in the state, in conflict with federal court orders.