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Ousted Alabama chief justice announces run for governor

[JURIST] Former Alabama chief justice Roy Moore [Foundation for Moral Law profile; JURIST news archive] has announced that he will run for governor of Alabama in 2006, seeking the Republican nomination against incumbent Governor Bob Riley [official website]. Moore gained national notoriety in 2004 when he was removed from the bench after refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the rotunda of the State Judicial Building in Montgomery. The incident prompted many to question the constitutionality of displaying religious symbols on government property, an issue addressed earlier this year by the US Supreme Court in McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky [opinion]. The Alabama Republican and Democratic primaries are June 6. Riley's office Monday dismissed Moore's candidacy, saying he "is campaigning on an agenda that echoes the same positions Governor Riley has already taken" [Riley press release]. AP has more.

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