Alabama chief justice Roy Moore suspended without pay for remainder of term

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Court of the Judiciary has suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore without pay for the remainder of his term in office.

The court ruled Friday morning to suspend Moore without pay for the remainder of his term in office. He will also have to pay for court costs.

Moore was found guilty on all six charges, that he failed to respect and comply with the law for telling probate judges not to allow same sex marriages. The same panel removed Moore in 2003 after he refused to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building. He was later re-elected as chief justice after losing a race for governor.

Our Michael Oder spoke to Moore’s attorney for comment on the ruling. Mat Staver says he is disgusted by the decision, and that Moore was astonished.

Moore’s six year term lasts until 2019. The decision effectively removes him from the bench, because he will be past the age of eligibility to run for chief justice after this term.

CBS42 contacted Governor Bentley’s office, who said Bentley had “no comment or reaction” to the Moore verdict. Read the full decision here.

Earlier this year, Moore topped a poll that sampled more than 600 Republicans, asking who they would vote for out a list of prospective candidates that also included Attorney General Luther Strange, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Congresswoman Martha Roby, Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan, Secretary of State John Merrill, Tim James (ran in 2010), Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, and State Treasurer Young Boozer. Moore topped the poll with 28 percent of the vote. Undecided was the next most popular choice with 24 percent.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

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