- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A lawyer serving on the court that’s considering judicial ethics charges against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is stepping aside from the case.

Opelika attorney John V. Denson II filed a notice Tuesday recusing himself.

Denson writes that he shouldn’t be involved in the case since he was part of the court when it unanimously decided to remove Moore from office in 2003. Judicial prosecutors are claiming Moore’s conduct is part of a pattern of legal errors, and Denson says that means he shouldn’t be involved.

Eight other court members remain to consider whether Moore should be ousted for an order he issued about same-sex marriage.

Moore is suspended from his position, and prosecutors are asking the court to remove him from office. A hearing is set for Aug. 4.

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