McKathan told The Associated Press that he believes the Ten Commandments represent the truth "and you can't divorce the law from the truth. ... The Ten Commandments can help a judge know the difference between right and wrong."The lawyer who was trying a case in front of this judge, Attorney Riley Powell, objected to the robe. The judge unsurprisingly overruled the motion. But before anyone worries that the judge might be alone in his fashion crusade, another biblically inclined judge stepped in to offer support.
He said he doesn't believe the commandments on his robe would have an adverse effect on jurors.
"I had a choice of several sizes of letters. I purposely chose a size that would not be in anybody's face," he said.
"I applaud Judge McKathan. It is time for our judiciary to recognize the moral basis of our law," [former Alabama Chief Justice Roy] Moore said.Moore was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003 for refusing to remove a 2+ ton monument of the ten commandments he had installed in the court house rotunda.
If he loses the case, Powell will include the robe in his appeal.