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Chief justice Moore heads to court this week

Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore the fiery Deep South jurist has been here before.

Moore was removed as chief justice over a decade ago for refusing to obey a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building. Moore faces removal from office again, this time on accusations that he urged 68 probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Court of the Judiciary, a state panel that disciplines judges, will hold what is expected to be a one-day trial-like proceeding on Wednesday to determine if Moore violated canons of judicial ethics with a January directive to probate judges. Moore in a Jan. 26 administrative...