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Moore camp: Son’s arrest has “nothing to do with the campaign”

Roy Moore is surrounded by supporters and media after leaving the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday October 27, 2016 as the lottery is held to pick the judges who will hear his appeal.

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the Roy Moore for Senate campaign responded to the arrest of his son, Caleb Moore on Monday for trespassing.

Bill Armistead, the Chairman for the Roy Moore for U. S. Senate Campaign made the following statement on Caleb Moore’s arrest for trespassing: “This is a personal matter involving an alleged hunting violation by Judge Moore’s son Caleb over eleven months ago which has nothing to do with the campaign.”

Armistead said, “This is a cheap political trick to detract from the real issues facing our Country.”

State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) said in his own statement, “This is a duplicate charge.  The incident of wandering onto a neighbor’s land while hunting happened almost a year ago. I am surprised and disappointed that this duplicate charge was allowed.”

Zeigler said, “In football, this would be called ‘piling on.’  A misdemeanor arrest had already been made last year on this exact minor incident.”

Zeigler charged, “This is a political arrest aimed at the young man’s father.” “People will be able to see through this misuse of the criminal justice system.  Some people hate Judge Roy Moore so badly that they will do anything to attack him and his family.”

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“These attacks on Judge Roy Moore’s family will backfire and end up helping him with his base,” Zeigler predicted.  Zeigler has endorsed Roy Moore for U.S. Senate.

Caleb Moore was charged with third degree criminal trespassing on Monday, October 9.  The charges is for the same November 2016 arrest where he was charged with hunting over bait and hunting without permission.  Both of those earlier charges are misdemeanors.  The landowner in that case filed the new charge Monday.

Caleb turned himself in after the Etowah Circuit Clerk’s office issued the warrant.

Caleb Elisha Moore has gone to jail nine times.  He previously has been arrested for driving under the influence in both Alabama and Florida.  He also has faced drug related charges in: St. Clair, Pike, and Baldwin Counties.  Caleb is 27.  This was his ninth arrest.

Roy Moore has another son who is a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Judge Roy Moore is a retired Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate vacancy created when Jeff Sessions (R) became U.S. Attorney General.  Roy Moore faces former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the special election on December 12, 2017.

Original reporting by The Alabama Media Group’s Joneca Star Dunigan contributed to this report.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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