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Roy Moore’s attorney, Phillip Jauregui, is holding a press conference about the sexual assault and misconduct accusations against the Republican who is running for the U.S. Senate in Alabama.
Jauregui was Moore’s attorney in both legal battles that led to him being removed from his seat as the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
Two women have accused Moore of sexually assaulting them when they were teens, and others have come forward with claims that he acted inappropriately told them when they were young. Reports have also uncovered that rumors have long spread around Moore’s hometown of Gadsden about his behavior when he was in his late 20s and early 30s and working as a district attorney. According to the New Yorker, locals said Moore was banned from the Gadsden Mall because of the way he acted with teen girls.
Moore, 70, has denied all the allegations made against him and has said they are the result of a conspiracy by Democrats, including his opponent, Doug Jones, the liberal media and establishment Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is among several high-ranking GOP leaders that have called for Moore to drop out of the race.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Jauregui Is Talking About the Allegations Against Moore While Alabama Republicans Hold an Emergency Meeting
Phillip Jauregui is speaking Wednesday amid growing calls for Roy Moore to drop out of the Senate race. But a source close to the campaign told CNN that Moore does not plan to step aside.
Jaurgeui’s press conference also comes as the Alabama GOP holds an emergency meeting, according to CNN. Details of that meeting were not made public.
Republicans have floated different options on how to replace Moore, including a right-in campaign by his primary opponent, Senator Luther Strange, or a plan to have Attorney General Jeff Sessions attempt to return to his old seat.
Jauregui is holding his press conference in Birmingham outside of the Alabama republican Party headquarters.
2. He Represented Moore During the Ten Commandments & Gay Marriage Cases That Both Ended With Moore Being Removed as Chief Justice
Jauregui was the counsel of record for Roy Moore during two controversies that led to Moore being removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
The first was in 2003, when Moore was removed from office for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument commissioned by him from the Alabama Judicial Building. Moore was unsuccessful in appealing his removal, but ran for office again in 2013 and was elected a second time.
Jauregui was again Moore’s attorney in May 2016, when he was removed from office a second time. In the second case, Moore was removed because he directed Alabama’s probate judges to continue to enforce the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, despite it being deemed unconstitutional. Moore’s appeal of that second dismissal was also unsuccessful.
He was also the chairman of Moore’s campaign for Alabama Supreme Court chief justice in 2000.
3. Jauregui Is a Partner in an Alabama Law Firm & the President of the Judicial Action Group
Jauregui is a partner in the law firm Jauregui & Lindsey.
“At Jauregui & Lindsey, Phillip manages the foreclosure and estate planning practice groups. Throughout his law practice, Phillip has worked with attorneys in over forty-five states,” the firm’s website says.
Jauregui is also the president of the Judicial Action Group, a non-profit organization, “working towards judicial renewal and an agenda to address judicial activism,” according to its website.
In 2008, he defined judicial activism in an interview with the Life Legal Defense Foundation as:
Judicial activism is when judges legislate from the bench. Judges are supposed to make decisions according to legislative guidelines put in place by the representatives of the people reflecting the will of the people. When that is not done, you get activism. Roe v. Wade is a great example. Not only is the word abortion not in the Constitution, neither is the word privacy. Even pro-abortion attorneys have agreed. For example, the dean of Stanford Law School, Larry Kramer, has written about this problem. I interviewed him a few years ago and he told me that he wanted abortion to be legal but he wanted it to be legal by the will of 300 million Americans, not by the will of five justices on the Supreme Court. What Dean Kramer was saying is what I have been saying: Let the legislative branch do its work of making laws and let the court decide disputes between people.
He has an advocacy office in Washington, D.C.
“I lobby and work against judicial activism up in Washington, D.C., because of the importance such activism has in the areas of the law concerning unborn life, marriage, decency, and our national relationship with God. For me, this work is a ministry and my passion,” he told the Life Legal Defense Foundation. “It is related to every issue that is dear to me as a Christian.”
4. He Graduated from the University of Alabama & Went to Law School at Samford University
Jauregui attended the University of Alabama, graduating in 1992 ith an English degree, according to his Linkedin profile. He then attended the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, graduating in 1995.
He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1995 and is also admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Jauregui clerked for former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Perry Hooper and was the assistant legal advisor to former Alabama Governor Fob James Jr., according to his law firm’s website.
According to the firm’s website, Jauregui has been a guest on several talk radio shows, and has also appeared on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, ABC and other TV programs.
5. He is Married & Has 2 Sons
Jauregui, 47, is originally from Vestavia, Alabama. He is married, to Jennifer Piper Jauregui, of Montgomery, according to his law firm’s website.
The couple has two sons, Phillip III and Samuel, and lives in Birmingham.
Along with his work with the Judicial Action Group, Jauregui is a former member of the Council for National Policy and a past board member for the “crisis pregnancy center” Sav-A-Life. He was also on the boards of Prison Fellowship and Wealth Counsel, “the largest national organization of estate and trust planning attorneys.”
According to the Judicial Action Group website, “In June 2005, he began serving as an organizer for a new national grassroots education and lobbying organization, Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration, Inc. which was dedicated for the next generation to stopping judicial supremacy.”
Additionally, “He has served the national non-profit realm as Executive Director of the Judeo-Christian Council and in the coalition building venue for ValuesVoter.Org, which coordinated over fifty national ministries on a common legislative agenda: the “Values Voters Contract with Congress.”
He is a trustee for the Church of the Highlands.