Chronology of Monument/Moore Events

WSFA 12 Special Report

Chronology of Monument/Moore Events

Chronology of highlights in legal fight over Ten Commandments monument in Alabama's Judicial Building:

- January 15th, 2001: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is sworn into office with a pledge: "God's law will be publicly acknowledged in our court."

- July 31st, 2001: Moore installs Ten Commandments monument in the rotunda during the night without telling the eight associate justices, but allowing a Christian television ministry to film it .

- October 30th, 2001. Lawsuits are filed on behalf of three lawyers seeking removal of the monument from the Alabama Judicial Building.

- November 18th, 2002: U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson of Montgomery orders the monument removed for violating the constitution's ban on government establishment of religion.

- July 1st, 2003: Three-judge panel of 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejects Moore's appeal.

- August 5th, 2003: Thompson gives Moore an August 20th deadline to remove the monument from its public setting in the rotunda, or face the possibility of fines against the state.

- August 14th, 2003: Moore says he has "no intention" of removing the monument , and lawyers suing to have it moved file a complaint against Moore with the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission for defying a federal court order.

-August 16th, 2003:  Supporters from around the country rally in Montgomery in support of Chief Justice Roy Moore and the Ten Commandments monument.

- August 20th, 2003: Moore refuses to move monument by deadline after losing pleas to the U.S. Supreme Court and 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A crowd of monument supporters grows at the building; some are arrested for refusing to leave the monument .

- August 21st, 2003: Associate Justices of Alabama Supreme Court unanimously overrule Moore and order the monument moved by the building's manager. The eight justices write that they are "bound by solemn oath to follow the law, whether they agree or disagree with it."

- August 22nd, 2003: State Judicial Inquiry Commission charges Moore with violating six canons of ethics for disobeying a federal court order to move the monument. He is suspended with pay pending trial before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary.

- August 25th, 2003: Monument supporters file suit in federal court in Mobile seeking to block the monument's removal. It is filed on behalf of two Alabama residents described as Christians who believe "the United States was founded upon Jesus Christ" and their freedom of religion is being violated. Moore speaks out .

- August 27th, 2003: The monument is moved out of the rotunda of the Judicial Building to comply with the federal court order. A federal judge cancels a hearing on the lawsuit filed by monument supporters seeking to block the monument's removal.

- November 3rd, 2003: U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Moore's appeal of court order to remove monument.

- November 14th, 2003: Alabama Court of the Judiciary unanimously orders Moore removed from office as chief justice.

- November 20th, 2003:  Moore supporters plan to file a law suit claiming they were disenfranchised by Moore's removal.

- November 24th, 2003:  Tape of Moore's trial made available to public.

- November 25th, 2003:   Moore attorneys ask federal judge Myron Thompson to set down.

- December 8th, 2003:  Mobile lawyer files to keep case claiming  "disenfranchisement" in Mobile.

- December 15th, 2003:  Alabama is about to get an entirely new slate of supreme court justices, but only to hear one case - the appeal of former Chief Justice Roy Moore.

- December 22nd, 2003:  A deputy attorney general asks a federal judge 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.

- January 6th, 2004:  Moore names appeal legal team.

- January 7th, 2004:  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. 

- January 8th, 2004:  Moore asks Alabama's Supreme Court to return him to office, saying his expulsion sets a dangerous precedent and forces judges to deny their oath of office and religious faith.

- January 10th, 2004:  Attorney General Bill Pryor in a court filing says there was nothing unusual or illegal about the Alabama Supreme Court randomly selecting retired judges to hear the appeal of ousted Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore.

- January 26th, 2004:  Special court sworn in to hear Moore's appeal case.

- February 12th, 2004:  Ousted Chief Justice Roy Moore calls for a law to prevent federal judges from hearing cases involving acknowledgments of God.

- February 25th, 2004:  Court hears arguments for/against Moore.

- April 2nd, 2004 Judge dismisses broadcaster's lawsuit seeking Moore reinstatement.

- April 3rd, 2004Moore speaks at Ten Commandments Texas rally

- April 28, 2004:  Moore goes to Washington to gain support for legislation to rein in what he calls a "runaway judiciary."  Moore also wants lawmakers to stop federal courts interfering with state courts that allow a public "acknowledgement of God."

- April 30, 2004: Moore's appeal for reinstatement denied by a Special Supreme Court in a 7-0 ruling.

- May 25, 2004:  Moore announces appeal to U.S. Supreme Court.

- July 19, 2004:  Monument moved out of Alabama Supreme Court.

- August 2, 2004:  Moore talks more about asking U.S. Supreme Court to review case.

- October 4, 2004:  U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review lower court ruling on case.

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