Alabama elects its judges
Many will recall Roy Moore, the Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice removed from the bench nearly a decade ago for refusing to haul away a Ten Commandments monument outside the state Supreme Court building.
On Tuesday, in a remarkable comeback, Moore regained his old job as chief justice, defeating Jefferson County Circuit Judge Bob Vance. Moore captured 52 percent of the vote compared with Vance’s 48 percent. Election results can be viewed here.*
Democrat Vance and his wife each contributed $1,000 to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. The grateful Obama rewarded Vance’s wife, Joyce White Vance, with an appointment as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. In fact, Joyce Vance is so well regarded by the Obama administration that her investiture ceremony was attended by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Moore announced last year he was running for another term as chief justice. Although he faced two well-known and better-funded candidates — current Chief Justice Chuck Malone and former state Attorney General Charlie Graddick. Moore defeated them both without necessitating a Republican primary runoff.
In 2005 Moore authored the book, So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom.
Read more in the Birmingham News.
*H/T WHNT News 19.