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Disgraced Alabama Jurist Roy Moore disgraces himself… again. This time, during UAH Professor Murderess Amy Bishop’s guilty plea.

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Perhaps it was the Almighty calling him, eh?

I can hear the dialogue now:

“Roy… don’t run again, son. You’ve already embarrassed Me enough, and shown what an idiot you are. So do me a favor, go back home, and go fishing in the lake, instead.”

Chief Justice candidate Roy Moore apologizes after cell phone rings during Amy Bishop hearing

Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 5:49 PM / Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 5:49 PM

By Paul Gattis, The Huntsville Times

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — As a packed courtroom hung on every word uttered as Amy Bishop pleaded guilty today to capital murder, one sound briefly drowned out all others.

Roy Moore’s cell phone.

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Roy Moore, candidate for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, enters the courtroom today to watch the hearing where Amy Bishop pleaded guilty to capital murder for the 2010 shootings at UAH. Moore had to leave before the hearing ended because of repeated calls to his cell phone. (The Huntsville Times/Eric Schultz)

And afterward, Moore — the Republican candidate for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court — apologized to Circuit Court Judge Alan Mann.

Judges typically frown on cell phones going off in their courtrooms.

“It was an accident,” said Rich Hobson, Moore’s campaign manager. “It was a family member calling but it was an accident.

“He apologized to the judge and was very sorry that the phone went off.”

Moore slipped into Mann’s courtroom just before the brief hearing began.

As the shrill ring of the phone echoed throughout the small courtroom, Moore quickly silenced it. The phone then rang again and Moore, with a grimace on his face, left the room.

It made for an odd moment as the courtroom — filled to capacity by media and courthouse employees just curious to watch the hearing — was eerily quiet when Bishop entered while escorted by seven Madison County sheriff’s deputies.

Before the hearing began, a smiling Moore stood against a wall behind the prosecution table.

Moore was in Huntsville today to speak to a lunchtime meeting of the Republican Women of Huntsville.
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