Moore Loses with 11th Circuit

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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore lost again Tuesday in his legal fight to keep the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Judicial Building, as supporters make plans to protest 24-hours a day to prevent the monument from being removed.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to accept a motion Moore's attorneys filed late Monday seeking a stay of an order to remove the monument by a midnight Wednesday deadline.

The 11th Circuit told Moore that it had already issued its ruling and considered the case closed.

But Moore filed another motion asking the 11th Circuit to withdraw its mandate and stay the order by federal Judge Myron Thompson until the Supreme Court can rule on a petition Moore filed with that court late last week.

The court said repealing a federal judge's order can only be done in extraordinary circumstances and Moore failed to show such circumstances existed.

Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said the protests would begin with a prayer vigil on the steps of the court building at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

Supporters were also planning to pray on the sidewalk in front of the building at 8:00 a.m., 12 noon and 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.