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Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:01

Roy Moore and how trial lawyers are infiltrating the Republican Party

Written by  Tiger Joyce

For the past few years, trial lawyers have been on a gravy train ride across the country.

Their first stop? Alabama.

Earlier this month, former Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (40 percent) bested incumbent appointed Senator Luther Strange (33 percent) in the first round of the hotly-contested primary to fill U.

S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' seat in the Senate. Unfortunately, if a trial lawyer-backed elected official like Roy Moore were to win the runoff election on September 26, it could pose a significant setback to any legal reform efforts in the United States Senate.

Moore has long been aligned with prominent trial lawyers in Alabama, and they have rewarded him with their hefty campaign contributions ever since his nomination to the State Supreme Court. According to AL.com, campaign disclosures reveal Moore's 2012 campaign for chief justice received more than $46,000 (in just one month!) from individual plaintiff trial lawyers or their firms, which was nearly half of his total collections for the month of June. Plaintiff lawyers donated roughly $55,000 of the $310,000 in total that Moore raised in a bid to regain the seat stripped from him in 2003 when he refused to follow a federal judge's order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from a state court building.

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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