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Chief Justice Roy Moore Final Hearing Completed

Contact: Liberty Counsel, 800-671-1776, Media@LC.org, Press Kit 
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Sept. 29, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore testified in the Alabama Supreme Court yesterday regarding the charges filed against him by the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC), which were initiated by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The charges all focused on his January 2016 Administrative Order in which he merely advised the probate judges that the case involving them was still pending before the Alabama Supreme Court. Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver and Horatio Mihet, along with Phillip Jauregui of the Judicial Action Group, represented the Chief Justice.

The Chief Justice's testimony was uncontroverted and very clear. The JIC had a short, and frankly weak, cross-examination. The JIC presented no live testimony. The JIC presented closing arguments for about 45 minutes. Mat Staver presented closing arguments on behalf of Chief Justice Moore for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Then the JIC presented a short rebuttal argument. After hearing arguments from both sides, the Court of Judiciary adjourned stating the court will make a decision within 10 days.

"We felt our evidence was legally and factually unassailable and clearly showed that the JIC's charges are baseless," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. "The Chief Justice did an excellent job of testifying in the very court where he should be presiding," said Staver. "The JIC has too much power to file charges that have the effect of automatically removing a judge. This system turns 'innocent until proven guilty' on its head. After the JIC made a bogus statement of the law, we had to rebut the JIC with a unanimous 2013 U.S. Supreme Court case directly opposite of what the JIC argued.  And yet, no matter how wrong the JIC may be in any given charge against a judge, that judge is automatically removed. This system must be changed," concluded Staver.

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