Alabama Commandments Judge Fights Ouster

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is appealing his removal from the state's high court.

On Nov. 13, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary unanimously voted to remove Moore as chief justice because of his refusal to obey a federal court ruling to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state Judicial Building's rotunda.

Moore's appeal will be heard by a seven-member panel of retired Alabama judges.

Several of the Religious Right groups that have supported Moore's actions are now recruiting candidates to run for state offices, including three seats on the state's high court. Jim Zeigler, one of the attorneys who represented Moore told the Associated Press that there are "a number of conservative Christians active in the Ten Commandments movement who want to elect bold conservative Christians to Alabama offices."

The Rev. Patrick Mahoney, director of the Washington-based Christian Defense Foundation and a strident Moore supporter, said his group wants the Ten Commandments to be a "major campaign issue."