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AL Editorial Board: 'Unthinkable' for Moore to Hold Office

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 02:01 PM

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore should not hold the national office, according to the editorial board of AL.com, which composes newspapers in Birmingham, Mobile, and Huntsville.

"Roy Moore simply cannot be a U.S. Senator. Even if his party and many of its adherents still think it possible, it is unthinkable — for his state, and his country," the editorial board wrote.

"We believe these women," wrote the board, referencing claims from four women in a Thursday Washington Post report about incidents that happened in the 1970s when Moore was a single man in his 30s. On Monday, a fifth woman described a sexual assault by Moore that she said took place when she was 16.

Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court judge, has denied all claims of wrongdoing.

"The seriousness of these incidents cannot be overstated. They should not be parsed with talk of statutes of limitations or whether proof exists," the board wrote on AL.com, adding, "Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is a consideration for the courtroom, not the ballot box. When choosing our representative before the rest of the world, character matters."

The board said that the women's claims should not be "diminished" because of the amount of time that has passed, because of the stigma of sexual assault. "If readers objectively look at the reality of life for sex assault victims — at the public doubt and vitriol they face — they'll understand why girls and women do not come forward readily, or early."

AL.com has looked into the claims made by the women, according to the board, which said that reporters had found no reason to express doubt about the women's statements. "If anything, the stories we've heard in Etowah County have only further corroborated them," the board wrote, referring to the location of the incidents.

The allegations in the Post report included an incident in which the former Alabama Supreme Court judge was alleged to have initiated a sexual incident with a 14-year-old girl while Moore was a 32-year-old deputy district attorney.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is also from Alabama, on Tuesday said he had "no reason" to doubt the women's claims.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore should not hold the national office, according to the editorial board of AL.com, which composes newspapers in Birmingham, Mobile, and Huntsville.
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