Special Alabama Supreme Court to Hear Roy Moore Appeal After Sitting Justices Recuse Themselves
By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network:
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A special Supreme Court is expected to be appointed today in Alabama to hear the appeal of suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore as the sitting justices on the court recused themselves out of a desire to keep the ruling impartial.
“Because the justices have personal knowledge of the facts and circumstances underlying this appeal, this appeal presents a situation in which all the justices’ impartiality might be questioned,” the court wrote in a 5-3 vote on Monday.
Seven judges are expected to be appointed this afternoon from among a pool of 50 retired appellate, circuit and district judges. Acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart and Gov. Robert Bentley will work together to randomly draw names, and then select the first seven who are qualified to hear the appeal.