Trial date set for suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

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A September trial date has been set for suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

An order released Monday by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary says Moore’s trial on ethics charges will begin Sept. 28 if the court doesn’t rule before then.

A hearing is set for Aug. 8 where the case could be decided before the trial, if the court comes to an agreement with judicial prosecutors and decides to remove Moore based on legal arguments.

Moore opposes such a move and believes a fair trial is necessary.

Moore, a conservative Christian Republican, opposes same-sex marriage on the basis of faith and the law. In January, he issued an administrative order to state probate judges that said state laws against gay marriage remained in place months after the U.S. Supreme Court had effectively legalized gay marriage nationwide.

In May, the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) filed judicial ethics charges against him for that order.

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