Judges Lawsuit

By  | 

A lawsuit filed Friday in federal court asks that state judges be required to disclose to all parties in a case before them any campaign donations they may have received from either side.

The suit, filed by Auburn Medical Center, claims that judges who ultimately denied the center permission to build a new hospital had received political donations that could have influenced their decisions in the case.

The suit asks the federal court to order Alabama judges to reveal campaign donations from people or organizations involved in a lawsuit in their courts.

The suit is filed against former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, other members of the Alabama Supreme Court and other appellate and state court judges. It claims that Moore wrote a Supreme Court opinion last year that approved a Montgomery circuit court decision that Auburn Medical Center could not build the new facility.

Besides requiring judges to disclose contributions, the lawsuit seeks to reinstate state permission for Auburn Medical Center to build the new hospital.