Attorneys for former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore say the seven retired judges named to hear an appeal of Moore's ouster were chosen through an illegal process. Acting Chief Justice Gorman Houston -- with the blessing of Governor Riley -- had the retired judges' names drawn at random from a box to form a replacement court to hear Moore's appeal.
But a motion filed by Moore's attorneys contends state law requires the governor to choose court replacements. The motion also argues that the Alabama Supreme Court in a 2000 ruling said judges who have stepped down from hearing a case "can take no further action in that case, not even the action of reassigning the case."
Moore was expelled from office by a judicial ethics panel for refusing to obey a federal court order to move his Ten Commandment monument from the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building.
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