- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge in Montgomery says he will decide Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s lawsuit against state judicial investigators without a hearing.

U.S. District Judge Harold Albritton issued an order Wednesday saying his eventual decision will be based on legal documents alone. Albritton canceled a hearing set for Thursday in the same order.

The decision came after the judge conferred with lawyers for Moore and the commission.

Moore sued the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission in May saying it violated his rights by suspending him when it filed ethics charges that could lead to his dismissal. Moore is asking the federal judge to let him resume work as chief justice.

The commission accused Moore of violating judicial ethics with an order to state probate judges about the dispute over gay marriage.

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