Suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore requests replacement justices for his appeal

Published: Oct. 10, 2016 at 8:30 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 10, 2016 at 8:35 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has filed a motion to recuse four Alabama Supreme Court justices and three former justices from his appeal.

According to the Liberty Counsel, the three former justices and three of the current justices, who are all named in the sealed affidavit, presided over his previous petition in May. The fourth current justice, Greg Shaw, commented on the January administrative order that is part of the appeal.

"Prior to the current case, the past practice has been that the justices recuse when asked to review a matter involving a sitting justice of the Court," a news release from the Liberty Counsel stated.

Moore has requested that replacement justices be selected in a drawing from a pool of sitting circuit justices. He also requested the public be able to watch the drawing.

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary suspended Moore for the rest of his term on Sept. 30.

The ruling came after Moore appeared before the court on Sept. 28.

The Judicial Inquiry Commission accused Moore of misusing his office by trying to block gay couples from marrying in the state, in conflict with federal court orders.

Moore was the only witness in his trial. He denied the charges. He said he never told probate judges what to do or to violate federal law, he just told them the Alabama law prohibiting same-sex marriages was still in effect.

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