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Moore team asks Court of Civil Appeals to transfer Leigh Corfman suit to Etowah County

Embattled Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore testifies during his ethics trial at the Alabama Court of the Judiciary at the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday September 28, 2016.

On Friday, Roy Moore and his legal team filed a Writ of Mandamus to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals asking the Court to order the Montgomery County Circuit to transfer the case filed against Moore to be filed in Etowah County where both the plaintiff and defendant reside.

Leigh Corfman is suing former Chief Justice Roy Moore claiming that her character was besmirched when Moore, then a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, denied her allegations that he sexually assaulted Corfman when she was just 15 years old and Moore was a 36-year-old deputy district attorney in Etowah County.

A source with the Moore team told the Alabama Political Reporter, “The question should be asked why the Plaintiff from Etowah County does not want these matters tried in her own county where the character and reputation of the Plaintiff and Defendant are well known and where the truth of the false allegations against Judge Moore can be best proven?”

“This case has nothing to do with Montgomery County and is being brought by attorneys from Washington DC, San Francisco, and Birmingham Alabama for political reasons to hide the truth from the public about these false allegations,” the source said.

Moore grew up in Etowah County, was valedictorian at Attalla high school before going on to West Point and U.S. Army service, including a tour in the Vietnam War. After finishing law school at the University of Alabama, Moore returned home to Etowah County.

It was in this period that Corfman claims that Moore took her to his trailer and undressed her willingly to her underwear, Korfman claims the two touched each other inappropriately on their underwear. When Corfman decided not to go further, that was the end of it until 41 years later when Corfman made the accusation in a Washington Post article when Moore was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate and appeared to be cruising to an easy victory over an outmatched Democratic opponent.

The scandal scared GOP support away from Moore and energized Democrats who poured tens of millions into the state.

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Moore threatened to sue Corfman, whose story he categorically denied. Instead, Corfman sued Moore alleging defamation of her character.

Montgomery Circuit Judge Ronan Shaul last has denied Moore’s request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Corfman. Shaul also denied Moore’s request by to move the lawsuit from Montgomery to Etowah County.,

After the allegations by Corfman and other women who claim to have dated Moore in their teens (Corfman being the only below the age of consent), Moore slumped in the polls and then narrowly lost the December 12 special election to Doug Jones.

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Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with over nine years at Alabama Political Reporter. During that time he has written 8,697 articles for APR. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.



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