A federal judge was asked on Monday to dismiss a lawsuit by several Montgomery area voters, who say their vote was invalidated when Roy Moore was removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
Deputy Attorney General Charles Campbell argued at a hearing in federal court that the lawsuit should be dismissed partly because Moore's case is still active in state courts. Campbell also argued that the state Court of Judiciary has been disciplining judges in Alabama for 30 years and did not violate the rights of voters when it ousted Moore.
The Court of the Judiciary voted unanimously to remove Moore from office because he refused U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson's order that he move a 5300 poud Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building. The granite monument was moved on order from the Supreme Court's eight associate justices after Moore refused to do it. Attorney for the voters, Brian Chavez-Ochoa, says Moore's case is separate from the lawsuit filed by his clients. He told U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller that Moore's appeal of his removal from office should not be tied to the voters' lawsuit.
Alabama Associated Press
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