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>> Did you defy any Federal court orders in this case?>> I would not defy the Federal court order, I ruled in accordance with the law.>> He's one of America's most controversial judges and outspoken opponents of same sex marriage. And on Friday, Alabama Supreme Court Judge, Roy Moore was suspended effective immediately.
For ordering probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to same sex couples back in January. The state's Judiciary Court saying in a ruling it found clear and convincing evidence that Moore violated judicial ethics.>> The Chief Justice is guilty.>> Reuters correspondent, Letitia Stein, has been covering the trial.
>> Roy Moore sent a letter after this ruling in January to Probate Court Judges, many widely saw his letter as telling them to withhold marriage licenses to same sex couples. Moore, however, said during a trial on Wednesday, that he was merely issuing a status update, amid confusion, from conflicting state and federal court rulings.
But a state judicial panel today in Alabama found that his actions were in violation of judicial ethics. And essentially that he had been trying to defy the Federal Courts.>> This is not Moore's first rodeo in Judiciary Court fighting ethics charges. In 2003 he was removed from the bench for defying a Federal Order to take down the 10 Commandments monument that he himself had installed in the States Court House.
But voters in Alabama reelected him as Chief Justice in 2012. Friday's ruling noted the pattern of disregard for Federal Law. Moore's attorney said in a statement that he planned to appeal the decision.