Chief Justice Moore Files Motion to Expedite Case

Feb 22, 2017

MONTGOMERY, AL -- Chief Justice Roy Moore filed a Motion to Expedite his appeal with the specially selected panel of judges at the Alabama Supreme Court and is willing to waive oral argument to speed up the resolution of his case. 

The scheduling of oral argument on April 26, 2017, places a great financial hardship on the Chief Justice and his family.  The “suspension” imposed for the rest of the Chief Justice’s term, the longest suspension in the history of the Court of the Judiciary (COJ), prevents him from earning his salary and benefits.

Even though his salary and benefits were terminated on September 30, 2016, he has nonetheless prosecuted this appeal for over four months, not only for his own personal vindication but also for the protection of all judges in this state who might otherwise suffer under an unjust and illegal COJ precedent that imposed a de facto removal, artfully described as a “suspension for term.”

“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. “The Judicial Inquiry Commission violated the rule of law and the COJ violated clear law when it de facto removed Chief Justice Moore when the order admits the court did not have the required unanimous vote to remove. In the meantime, the Chief Justice is left without income to survive. This case is fully briefed and ready for an expedited resolution,” said Staver.

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