Thu November 20, 2003
Judicial Panel Opposed Moore's Election
By Alabama Public Radio
Montgomery, AL – Two members of a judicial panel that voted to remove former Chief Justice Roy Moore from office made campaign contributions to Moore's opponent in the 2000 general election.
Campaign finance reports show Judiciary members William D- Melton and Sue McInnish gave money to the campaign of Court of Civil Appeals Chief Judge Sharon Yates, who lost handily to Moore. State law does not prohibit a judge or judicial panel member from hearing a case if they have given a donation to or received a donation from one of the parties involved.
But Moore's attorney Terry Butts says he believes it's improper. He also says those campaign donations alone would NOT be grounds for an appeal of Moore's removal.