We endorse Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance Jr. as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
Vance is low key and nonpartisan. He entered the race late because he was content with two of the three Republican primary candidates.
Like many in Alabama, he was not content with the eventual GOP nominee: Roy Moore, who was removed from the office of chief justice in 2003.
Vance, 51, has been a judge in Birmingham since 2002. He is the son of the late U.S. Circuit Judge Robert Vance, who was killed in 1989 by a mail bomb. He promises that as chief justice he would continue to do what he has done as a circuit judge: follow the law.
That simple formula proved too much for Moore, who was ejected from office when he refused a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments statue from the state court building. Moore's campaigning suggests he plans to again allow his fundamentalist religious beliefs to trump the law. In contrast to Vance's quiet promise to use judicial restraint, Moore preaches on the evils of modern society. He would be an activist judge, constantly seeking the national spotlight.
There is nothing wrong with Moore speaking out, but there is much wrong with him substituting his personal beliefs for the law. That may work in theocracies like Iran, but not in Alabama.
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