Ten Commandments Appeal Rejected

Chief Justicie Roy Moore

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to order a stay against the removal of the Ten Commandments monument in Montgomery Wednesday, the date a federal judge set for moving the 5,300 pound marker.

Twenty-one of Chief Justice Roy Moore's supporters were arrested inside the building and charged with criminal trespassing when they wouldn't leave the rotunda.

They had refused to leave the monument after Moore lost the last ditch appeal to the Supreme Court.

Most of them were released on their own recognizance.

The federal judge who ordered the monument's removal is now expected to consider a contempt of court finding on Friday.

That could set the stage for the monument to be removed or fines imposed on the state.