Suspended Alabama chief justice to announce future plans

Kathleen Mckinney
April 30, 2017

Moore has twice won statewide elections for chief justice, and twice been removed from those duties.

Ivey said Stuart has served on the court with honor and integrity. "I look forward to working with her as she now leads the judicial branch of state government", Ivey said.

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on Wednesday announced plans to run for the U.S. Senate.

Stuart, the first female Republican chief justice, will serve out the rest of Moore's term, which is set to expire in January 2019. The general election is December 12.

In addition to naming Stuart chief justice, Ivey will now be able to appoint a new associate justice to give Alabama's highest court its full nine members.

While the eventual Republican nominee will be heavily favored in the conservative state, Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley sounded optimistic in speaking with the Alabama Political Reporter.

"The people of Alabama have watched Judge Moore, time and again, stand up to the federal courts and defend the Godly principles that have made this nation great".

In 2007, Stuart was one of four justices who dissented from a ruling allowing Alabama to give its driver's license test in multiple languages and joined another decision that year which struck down $3.5 billion in punitive damages awarded to the state against ExxonMobil over a dispute about natural gas in Mobile Bay.

After graduating from Auburn, Stuart received her law degree from the University of Alabama Law School in 1980. But Stuart, with her colleagues, voted in March to dismiss all pending motions in the case in March following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges striking down state bans on same-sex marriage. He was re-elected as chief justice in 2012, a victory he described as a vindication.

A judicial discipline panel suspended Moore after ruling that he urged probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples.

Judges and justices, Moore said, are ignoring the Constitution.

Moore will run in what is expected to be a crowded GOP primary to fill the seat vacated by now U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Others considering getting into the race include state Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, Sens. "I know I share the vision of our President Donald Trump to make America great again...."

"The foundations of the fabric of our country are being shaken tremendously", Moore told a small huddle of reporters and supporters outside the Capitol.

"Our families are being crippled by divorce and abortion", Moore added.

In announcing his campaign, the 70-year-old Moore reiterated his opposition to marriage equality, saying that the Supreme Court had "destroyed ... our sacred institution of marriage".

Age restrictions prevent Moore from being reelected to the Alabama Supreme Court.

Moore was previously removed as chief justice in 2003 after failing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building in defiance of a federal judge.

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