Roy Moore trial leaves supporters hopeful
By David Roach - Posted at Baptist Press:
"I don't encourage anyone to defy a federal court or state court order," Moore said according to the Associated Press. "I gave them a status in the case, a status of the facts that these orders exist. That is all I did."MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- As Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore stood trial today (Sept. 28) on charges he defied federal court rulings on same-sex marriage, an attorney for the Alabama Baptist Convention's public policy auxiliary said he was "optimistic" Moore would retain his job.
Rules of the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC), the nine-judge panel before which Moore was tried, state that failure to issue a ruling within 10 days "shall constitute an acquittal." A unanimous ruling is required to remove him from office, though a six-judge majority may impose lesser penalties.
"It's difficult to predict what the judges that are sitting on the Judicial Inquiry Commission may do," said Eric Johnston, an attorney who advises the Alabama Citizens Action Program, an auxiliary of the Alabama Baptist Convention. "I would be optimistic that they would look at it and say, 'I may not agree with him on the marriage issue, but he didn't do anything unlawful.'"