Alabama chief justice begins appeal of ethics conviction

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore testifies before the Court of the Judiciary on Sept. 26, 2016.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is starting the appeal of the judicial ethics conviction that led to his ouster.

Moore’s attorneys filed a notice with the Alabama Supreme Court on Monday.

Moore is challenging his conviction by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary on charges of violating judicial ethics. The court ruled that Moore overstepped bounds with an order he issued last year about same-sex marriage.

Full legal arguments will come later. But Moore’s lawyers write that they’re challenging issues including whether the court has the power to review administrative orders like the one issued by Moore.

Moore’s eight remaining colleagues on the Supreme Court will consider his prosecution and conviction. The court suspended Moore for the remainder of his six-year term with its decision last week.

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