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First it was the Ten Commandments, then same-sex marriage. Alabama chief justice in hot water again

First it was the Ten Commandments, then same-sex marriage. Alabama chief justice in hot water again

For the second time in 13 years, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, the contentious Deep South jurist who urged probate judges across the state not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, stood trial on charges of violating the canons of judicial ethics.

If found guilty, he could be ousted from the bench for a second time.

Shortly after sunrise Wednesday, scores of evangelical Christians bowed their heads in prayer and pledged allegiance to the U.S. flag on the steps of the Alabama Judicial Building before a special ethics panel assembled for the one-day trial.

Many stood and applauded as Moore strode into the courtroom he had presided over for years,...

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