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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore heads to court this week on accusations that he misused his office to try to block gay couples from marrying in Alabama.

The Alabama Court of the Judiciary, a panel that disciplines judges, on Wednesday will hear testimony and arguments in the case against Moore.

The Judicial Inquiry Commission in May accused Moore of violating the canons of judicial ethics. The charges stem from his January order to probate judges that a state court order to marriage licenses to gay couples remained in effect.

The commission says Moore was urging defiance of federal courts on gay marriage. Moore denied the accusation. His lawyer said he was providing a status report on the state case.

Moore could be removed from office if found guilty.

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