Roy Stewart Moore
(born February 11, 1947) is an American jurist
and Republican politician
noted for his refusal, as the elected Chief Justice
of the Supreme Court of Alabama
, to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments
from the state courthouse despite orders to do so from a federal judge. On November 13, 2003, Alabama's Court of the Judiciary unanimously removed Moore from his post as Chief Justice. In the years preceding his election to the Alabama Supreme Court, Moore had successfully resisted previous attempts to have a display of the Ten Commandments removed from the courtroom where he was employed. The controversy around Moore generated national attention.
Moore's supporters regard his stand as a defense of "judicial rights" and the Constitution of Alabama
. Moore contends that federal judges who ruled against his actions consider "obedience of a court order superior to all other concerns, even the suppression of belief in the sovereignty of God
Moore sought the Republican nomination for the governorship
of Alabama in 2006
, but lost to incumbent Bob Riley
in the June primary
by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. On June 1, 2009 he announced his campaign for the 2010 election for Governor of Alabama. Moore placed fourth in the race on June 1, 2010, receiving only 19 percent of the vote.
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