Son of Alabama chief justice charged with drug possession

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Posted: Mar 16, 2015 4:33 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The son of Alabama's chief justice — who has made national headlines recently for his efforts to block gay marriage in the state — has been arrested on drug charges.

Court records show 24-year-old Caleb Moore, the son of Chief Justice Roy Moore, was arrested Sunday in Troy and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Police, responding to a complaint of a possible break-in, found Caleb Moore and four other men near a white pick-up truck. A police report says an officer smelled marijuana and searched the vehicle, where he found marijuana and Xanax pills on top of a wallet containing Caleb Moore's passport.

Court records show that Caleb Moore pleaded guilty in 2014 to misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested when he was 20 on charges of driving under the influence and drug possession but applied for youthful offender status, which allows offenders under 21 to keep the conviction off their records.

Scott Hoyem, a spokesman for the Alabama court system, called the incident a personal matter and said the chief justice was not commenting on the arrest.

Moore is perhaps best known for being removed from office in 2003 after he refused to remove Ten Commandments monument from the state Supreme Court building. He was re-elected in 2012.