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American jurist and Republican politician Roy Stewart Moore was born on February 11, 1947, in Etowah County, Alabama. The 64-year-old father of four is often referred to as the "Ten Commandments Judge" because of his refusal, as the elected chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Supreme court building in spite of orders from a federal court to do so. Roy Moore's stand against the ruling of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals cost him the position as chief justice of Alabama Supreme Court. The nine members of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary unanimously removed Roy Moore from his post on November 13, 2003. The controversy regarding Ten Commandments generated national attention towards Roy Moore.
Before trying his guts in politics, Moore served as the honorable captain in the United States Army. After leaving U.S. Army in 1974, Roy Moore was admitted to the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa and graduated in 1977 with a Juris Doctor degree. In 1992, the sudden death of Etowah County Circuit Julius Swann floated the name of Roy Moore as the possible candidate for the temporary appointment until the next election. Eventually, Roy Moore clinched the position he had failed to win in 1982. In the beginning of Roy Moore's term as circuit judge, he brought his wooden Ten Commandments, which sparked the huge controversy in his career.
In the 2004 presidential election, Roy Moore was considered as a possible candidate for the Constitution Party. However, despite encouragement from several circles, Moore didn't pursue the nomination. In the same year, Roy Moore also came up as a notable opponent of a proposed amendment to the Alabama constitution and also drafted the Constitution Restoration Act along with Herb Titus.
On October 3, 2005, Moore announced to run against Republican incumbent Bob Riley in the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary in Alabama. In 2006, Moore sought the Republican nomination for the governorship of Alabama, but lost to Riley in the June primary by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Later on June 1, 2009, Roy Moore announced his campaign for the 2010 election for governor of Alabama and placed fourth in the race after bagging up only 19 percent of the votes on June 1, 2010.
Besides serving as a jurist and a politician, Roy Moore also showed his writing talents in his books and by joining a publication as columnist. On April 18, 2011, Roy Moore announced that he was forming an exploratory committee to run in the Republican presidential primaries in 2012.
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