Aug 28 2018

Shelby Praises Confirmation of Alabama Judge Terry Moorer

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today praised the Senate confirmation of Judge Terry F. Moorer of Greenville, Alabama, to be a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama.  Judge Moorer was nominated for the judgeship by President Trump in September 2017.

“Judge Terry Moorer is well-suited to be a U.S. district judge in Alabama’s southern district,” said Senator Shelby.  “His decade of experience serving as a magistrate judge, along with his devotion to upholding the constitution make him fit to serve in this prestigious role.  I congratulate Judge Moorer and am confident that our nation will continue to benefit from his dedication and service.”

In November 2017, Moorer appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the consideration of his nomination.  During the hearing, Judge Moorer expressed that “a judge must be courteous and respectful to parties and attorneys” and “patient, open-minded, tactful, and fair to all parties.”  Moorer continued by relaying that a “judge should listen carefully to the legal arguments, research the law, and then rule promptly based on the facts and the law.”  He concluded by explaining that a “judge must decide matters based on the facts and law,” and while “a judge is still a person and cannot be expected to fully divorce themselves from all life experiences, their life experiences should play no role in the decision-making process.”

Judge Terry Moorer currently serves as a Magistrate Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, a position he assumed in 2007.  Prior to assuming his judgeship, Judge Moorer served in various positions: Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Alabama, Command Judge Advocate in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, and attorney in the Office of Staff Judge Advocate in Fort Rucker, Alabama.  Judge Moorer earned his Associate of Arts degree from the Marion Military Institute, his Bachelor of Arts degree from Huntington College, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law. 

Following the confirmation of Judge Moorer, one Alabama judicial nominee initially nominated by President Trump in 2017, along with one nominee from Alabama selected in 2018, still await confirmation by the full Senate.  Historic obstruction by Democrats has occurred during this administration’s attempt to confirm judges.  The previous six presidents combined faced a total of 24 procedural votes on judicial nominees while President Trump has faced more than 100 during his first two years in office.