Protesters Target Pryor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Protesters hoping to keep a Ten Commandments monument in the Alabama Judicial Building Tuesday called for Attorney General Bill Pryor's resignation, criticizing his support of the marker's apparently imminent removal.

About 150 monument supporters marched to the Statehouse hoping to meet with Pryor, who has said it is his duty to uphold a federal court order to remove the 5300 pound monument. Representatives went inside to meet with Pryor's chief of staff.

Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, accused Pryor of political grandstanding to aid his nomination to a federal appeals court.

Protesters also hoped to keep the monument in place at least until Wednesday, when a hearing is set for a lawsuit they filed in federal court in Mobile, seeking a temporary restraining order.

The lawsuit states forced removal would violate the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion.

Chief Justice Roy Moore installed the monument in the building's rotunda two years ago, and was suspended by a state judicial ethics panel last week for disobeying a federal court order to remove it.


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