Local citizens respect Moore’s stand

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 14, 2003

A court order by U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson stated that he must remove his Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building. Moore refused.

All nine members of the Alabama Court of Judiciary voted yesterday to levy the most severe penalty against Moore. Moore had completed half his term as chief justice.

Moore’s trial lasted only one day with a verdict on Thursday. He had been suspended for three months before the trial.

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Many Demopolis residents feel the penalty was too severe and they showed their support for the Chief Justice.

"I admire the stand he had on the Ten Commandments and not backing down," said Linda Phillips. "It makes me feel sad that he was removed."

Cynthia Davis said, "He is a man of honor," said Cynthia Davis, "and I admire his commitment. He truly talks the talk and walks the walk."

"He stood up for what he believed in," said Martha Ellis, "and it cost him his job."

"It’s not what the monument says, it is what it means," said Connie Lawson. "If people would look at the meaning instead of the monument this world would be a better place."

Moore still has the right to appeal the verdict to the Alabama Supreme Court.

In addition, The Southern Poverty Law Center is planning to send a letter of complaint to the Alabama State Bar Association requesting Moore be disbarred.