Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court has made headlines this year for his refusal to adhere to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision (which granted same sex couples the right to marry). Now Moore, who is facing ethics charges due to his refusal to honor the federal ruling, has filed a motion with the state Supreme Court alleging that his colleagues on the bench are biased against him and should therefore be replaced with justices drawn from a random pool of Alabama circuit court judges.
In a motion filed with the Alabama Supreme Court on October 10, Moore argues that his colleagues on the bench should not hear his case due to their “biased and unconscionable actions” in a previous matter, or because they made statements about the merits of Moore’s appeal.
Moore is no stranger to conflict, or the limelight. In 2003, he was removed from office when he refused to honor a federal court that ordered the removal of a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of a state judicial building.
Justice Moore’s motion to disqualify his colleagues is available here.