Ten Commandments

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Wednesday called $704,000 in fees sought by plaintiffs lawyers in the Ten Commandments monument lawsuit "outrageous."

The six attorneys won a federal court order last month requiring Moore to remove a marble Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building.

The attorneys filed a motion Monday asking Federal Judge Myron Thompson to order Moore to pay the fees.

Speaking to reporters at an orientation session for legislators at the University of Alabama Wednesday, Moore said the legal fees would be part of his appeal of Thompson's ruling.

He said the appeal would be filed by the Dec. 18 deadline for appealing Thompson's ruling.

Moore previously said the money to defend the lawsuit would come out of his pocket or from his supporters.