Timetable Set for Lawsuit

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A federal judge has set a timetable for filing motions on Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor's request to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to return former Chief Justice Roy Moore to office or have it relocated for trial to Montgomery.

Mobile lawyer Jim Zeigler filed the suit on behalf of Christian talk show host Kelly McGinley of Mobile, who alleges that she has been
"disenfranchised'' as a voter by the removal of Moore.

In Mobile, Federal Judge William Steele, in an order Wednesday, set Dec. 8 as the deadline for motions opposing Pryor's request for dismissal or change of venue. He gave attorneys until Dec. 15 for
filing a reply to those motions. Steele's decision isn't expected before Dec. 15.

Attorneys will be notified if the court determines oral arguments are necessary.

The Court of the Judiciary expelled Moore for his refusal to obey a federal court order to move a Ten Commandments monument from the state Judicial Building rotunda.

In the lawsuit, McGinley claims her vote for Moore was nullified by
"unelected Court of the Judiciary.''

Pryor's motion to move the suit to Montgomery says all the defendants named in the suit live in the Montgomery area and Moore's trial also was held there.