MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore continues to fight the ruling that suspended him from the bench, without pay, through the end of his term. The Court of the Judiciary suspended him in September after finding he urged state probate judges to defy federal court orders in regards to issuance of gay marriage licenses.
On Moore's behalf, Liberty Counsel filed a 95-page brief with the specially selected panel of judges at the Alabama Supreme Court.
The brief lays out legal arguments against charges brought by the Judicial Inquiry Commission, as well as the ruling by the Court of the Judiciary, arguing that JIC does not have jurisdictional authority to review administrative orders of the Chief Justice.
Moore's defense team continues to assert that the COJ violated rules when it suspended him without pay through the end of his term, calling it a "de facto removal" despite the COJ failing to garner a unanimous 9-0 decision, as required, to remove him from office.
"Any objective review of this case must conclude that Chief Justice Moore did nothing wrong and should have never been charged," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.