Alabama's attorney general says his office will handle the prosecution of Chief Justice Roy Moore. Pryor said the public corruption and white collar crime unit will handle the case.
Moore was automatically suspended with pay Friday afternoon when the nine-member Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission referred the ethics complaint against Moore to the Court of the Judiciary.
The complaint stems from his refusal to comply with a federal court order to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building in Montgomery.
Pryor said Moore was disqualified with pay while the case is pending and cannot perform any duties of judicial office.
The senior associate justice, Gorman Houston, will perform the chief justice's duties while the complaint is pending.
Asked how he felt about today's developments, Pryor said he's not happy that his office must handle such matters but that they will do their duty. He said the length of the case depends, in part, on how many pretrial motions Moore makes.