MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A hearing Monday will determine the course of the judicial ethics case against suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.
The Alabama Court of the Judiciary is set to consider a request by judicial investigators to convict Moore of violating canons of conduct without a trial. That could result in Moore’s immediate removal from office.
Moore opposes the request, and lawyers will present arguments during a hearing. The court says Moore’s trial will begin Sept. 28 if the case continues.
Moore is suspended because the Judicial Inquiry Commission filed charges accusing him of violating judicial ethics with an order to state probate judges about same-sex marriage.
Moore is a Christian who opposes gay unions, but he denies any wrongdoing.
A federal judge is considering Moore’s lawsuit to overturn his suspension.