Judicial panel will hear arguments in Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore case

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A judicial panel will hear arguments this summer on Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s effort to dismiss an ethics complaint against him.

The Court of the Judiciary on Monday scheduled oral arguments for Aug. 8 on Moore’s dismissal motion.

The Judicial Inquiry Commission accused Moore of improperly trying to block gay couples from marrying despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling for same-sex marriage. The court hears misconduct accusations against judges and could remove Moore from office if they decide he violated judicial ethics.

Moore in January told probate judges that a state order prohibiting same-sex marriage remained in “full force and effect.”

The judicial panel also wrote they had been getting a large number of phone calls from Moore’s supporters. They urged parties in the case to discourage such contact.