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Moore, Corfman say no plans to appeal defamation verdict

Corfman’s attorneys characterized the decision as a loss for Moore, who said Wednesday that the decision was a “great victory.”

Roy Moore is interviewed by WSFA News following a verdict clearing both him and accuser Leigh Corfman of defamation.

Both parties in the cross-defamation trial between Roy Moore and accuser Leigh Corfman indicated Friday that they have no plans to appeal the verdict pronounced by the jury Wednesday.

The jury found that neither side was liable for defamation.

“We are very pleased that Mr. Moore lost his defamation claim against Ms. Corfman,” said Melody Eagan, an attorney representing Corfman. “In fact, we find it puzzling that Mr. Moore would claim victory or vindication when a jury found he was not defamed by an allegation that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl. Based on the information we have at this time, we do not anticipate filing an appeal.”

Moore on Wednesday called the verdict a “great victory” and Julian McPhillips, one of his attorneys, characterized the decision as a “complete and total vindication of Moore.” Moore confirmed Friday that he has no plans to appeal the decision.

The verdict came after six days of testimony, including women who testified that Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 15 and 18 years old and character witnesses that described Moore as an honest, Godly and unwavering figure.

Although both sides have stated no expectation to appeal, they still have about 40 days to file an appeal if they change their minds.

Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected]

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