Judge denies Roy Moore's attempt to delay Alabama Senate results

by Abel Hampton December 29, 2017, 1:40
Judge denies Roy Moore's attempt to delay Alabama Senate results

If the election is prematurely certified, Mr. Moore's lawyers wrote, he will "suffer irreparable harm" and be "denied his full right as a candidate to a fair election".

While Charnin calling the Alabama victory of Jones fraudulent is therefore not surprising, Moore's camp said that a thorough investigation should be launched based on his expertise.

He will fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when Sessions became USA attorney general in the Donald Trump administration early this year.

Moore had refused to concede his loss to Jones and filed a last-ditch lawsuit hours before the certification, saying he believed there were voting irregularities that should be investigated.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said he has no intention of delaying the canvassing board meeting.

"Also provided in the complaint is an affidavit from Judge Roy Moore stating that he successfully completed a polygraph test confirming the representations of misconduct made against him during the campaign are completely false", Moore's campaign said in a statement. Jones had a lead of 20,715 in the unofficial returns and was ahead 21,924 in the certified result.

Jones issued a statement Thursday after a state board officially declared him the victor of the December 12 election.

Jones is a former USA attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for Birmingham's infamous 1963 church bombing.

The Moore campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TIME.

Moore served twice as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court but was relieved of his duties on both occasions. Once was for defying a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.

Moore's complaint cites four so-called experts on why there should be a new election, but some of them come with "baggage", the Post reports.

Mr Moore was expected to win the election in the deeply conservative state, but his campaign was dogged by allegations of child sexual misconduct. He said Moore's complaint seemed to boil down to the belief that he should have won based on exit polling and that the high turnout, including by African-American voters, must indicate fraud.

Mr Moore denied the claims and said he has taken and passed a polygraph test to prove they are false. He said Moore's complaint might just be a way for him to fundraise and throw "red meat to his loyal supporters".

Moore did not say, however, whether he would seek a recount.

"This election has been conducted with the utmost integrity", Merrill told a news conference.

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