A Montgomery County judge has rejected former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s request to have a defamation lawsuit against him thrown out. The judge also denied a request to move the suit to Etowah County.
Montgomery County Circuit Judge Roman Shaul denied Moore’s request to dismiss the suit filed by Leigh Corfman.
Corfman was one of the three women named in The Washington Post’s bombshell report back in November, during Alabama’s U.S. Senate special election, who all claimed Moore sexually pursued them when he was in his 30s and they were in their teens.
Moore vehemently denied Corfman’s allegations of abuse, calling them “politically motivated,” “completely false” and “malicious.” Corfman asserted those words are defamatory in the suit she filed in January.
Moore’s attorney contends Moore had a First Amendment right to defend himself.
Corfman is not seeking financial compensation, only legal fees, and is looking for Moore to publicly apologize for what he has said about her. She is also seeking a court-enforced ban on Moore or his campaign that would prohibit him from allegedly criticizing her in the future.
Judge Shaul also scheduled a formal court hearing in the case for Thursday, April 12.