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article imageRoy Moore is a Constitution Party Presidential Candidate

By Dave Giza     Mar 23, 2008 in Politics
Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is a candidate for the Constitution Party's presidential nominating convention. Moore's name has been emailed along with five other people to the delegates of the CP convention.
Roy Moore will always be known as the Alabama Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who refused to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse despite orders from a federal judge requiring him to so.
He was subsequently removed from his position as Chief Justice by Alabama's Court of the Judiciary on November 13, 2003. The following is a biography of Roy Moore designed to educate readers of Digital Journal about his life.
Moore graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1969 with a bachelor of science degree. He was sent to South Vietnam and served as company commander of his MP unit. He wasn't popular or respected by his men. Moore was a stickler for detail particularly concerning saluting and haircuts. He was derisively nicknamed ''Captain America.''
He left the army as a captain in 1974 and was admitted to the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa. He graduated with a JD degree in 1977.
He worked as the first full-time prosecutor of Etowah County, Alabama. He unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat for the county's circuit-court judge seat in 1982. Moore then left Alabama and traveled to Texas where he spent a year there fighting professionally as a kickboxer. He travelled to the Australian Outback where he met Christian Fundamentalist minister Colin Rolfe. He worked on Rolfe's 42,000 acre ranch for a year.
''Moore returned to Gadsden again in 1985. He ran in 1986 for Etowah County's district attorney position against fellow Democrat Jimmy Hedgspeth. He lost that election as well, and Moore returned to private practice in the city. During this period, he married his wife Kayla, switched his affiliation to the GOP, and added to his office a wooden Ten Commandments plaque that he had personally carved in 1980.''
Etowah County Circuit Judge Julius Swann died in office during 1992. Republican Governor Guy Hunt was charged with making a temporary appointment. Moore's former political opponent, Jimmy Hedgspeth, who was the D.A.; recommended Moore despite having personal reservations about his character. He was installed to the position.
Moving forward to a significant event in his life, he was involved in the Ten Commandment monument controversy during his tenure as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. The ACLU of Alabama, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Southern Law Poverty Center filed suit against the monument in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. They objected to it because it symbolized that the government endorsed the Judeo-Christian religion.
The trial entitled Glassroth v. Moore began on October 15, 2002. The plaintiffs contended that lawyers of different faiths avoided visiting the court because it offended them and people used it for prayer.
Moore opposed this stating that in order to establish justice, we must seek the guidance of almighty God.
Federal U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on November 18, 2002 declared that the monument violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In his ruling, Judge Thompson explained that the monument wasn't promoting a historical or educational experience but a specific religious one. Justice Moore was promoting the Judeo-Christian religion above all other religions and denying the belief system of people who didn't agree with that. Therefore, it was unconstitutional and the monument must be removed.
Moore appealed the decision to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. On July 1, 2003, the panel agreed with the lower court's decision. Judge Thompson ordered Moore to remove the monument by August 20, 2003.
Moore announced on August 14 that he was going to disobey Judge Thompson's ruling. On August 16, Moore and many evangelical preachers staged a rally in front of the judicial building protesting the decision to have the Ten Commandments monument removed. The monument wasn't removed by August 20 and Judge Thompson said that Alabama faced fines of $5,000 per day until it was removed. Eight other members of the Alabama Supreme Court unanimously overruled Moore and ordered the monument to be removed from the public square.
On August 27, the monument was moved to a non-public side of the judicial building. ''The monument was not immediately removed from the building for several reasons--pending legal hearings, the monument's weight, worries that the monument could break through the floor if it was taken outside intact, and a desire to avoid confrontation with protesters massed outside the structure. The monument was not actually removed from the state judicial building until July 19, 2004.''
The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission filed a complaint with the Alabama Court of the Judiciary demanding that Moore be removed from his Chief Justice position. The COJ ethics hearing was held on November 12, 2003. Chief Justice Moore argued that God's law superseded all other laws and the monument shouldn't be hidden from public view. He also told the panel that if he had the opportunity again, he would defy any Justice's order to remove the monument from public view. The COJ removed Moore from his position as Chief Justice because of his defiance.
Moore decided to oppose Republican incumbent governor Bob Riley in 2006. Riley had the support of Alabama's Republican establishment behind him and large amounts of fundraising dollars to boot. Moore severely criticized the chairperson of the state Republican Party for being biased towards Riley and also President Bush for supporting the incumbent as well. Moore lost the primary to Riley by a count of 66.6 percent to 33.34 percent. Moore didn't concede to Riley and refused to support him in the general election because he accepted campaign contributions from political action committees.
Former Chief Justice Roy Moore was also pursued by many supporters to seek the Constitution Party's presidential nomination in 2004 but he declined the offer.
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