Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says he will not remove the Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building. Moore said he plans to file an appeal to the US Supreme Court to stop any removal.
Moore's decision came six days before the August 20th deadline for the 5300 pound monument to be removed from the judicial building rotunda, where it is in clear sight of visitors coming in the main entrance.
Federal Judge Myron Thompson of Montgomery, who ruled the monument violates the constitution's ban on government promotion of
religion, said fines of about five-thousand dollars a day could be imposed against the state if the monument were not removed.
When he was elected chief justice three years ago, Moore was already known nationally as the "Ten Commandments judge" for his legal fight to keep a hand-carved Ten Commandments display posted on the wall of his courtroom in Gadsden, where he was a circuit judge.
Moore had the gray granite monument moved into the judicial building in the middle of the night on July 31st, 2001.