Lawsuit against Roy Moore won’t move counties says Alabama Supreme Court

Roy Moore

A defamation lawsuit filed against former Alabama Chief Justice and Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore by one of his accusers will remain in a Montgomery County court, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Leigh Corfman, the woman who said Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 14, filed the suit in the Montgomery County Circuit Court back in January.

Corfman specifically said she was only 14 years old when Moore, then 32, approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. According to the report, he ultimately drove her to his home in the woods,told her she was pretty and kissed her, and then undressed her.

Moore has vehemently denied Corfman’s allegations of abuse, calling them “politically motivated,” “completely false” and “malicious.” She asserts those words are defamatory in the suit.

On Friday, the Alabama Supreme Court denied Moore’s request to have the case heard in Etowah County, where both he and Corfman live, instead of Montgomery County where she filed the suit.

“Because I have denied Leigh Corfman’s allegations of sexual misconduct, I will now be forced to try this case in a county where the supposed event did not occur, where she does not live, and where there exists no evidence or witnesses to prove anything. This is ridiculous!” Moore said Friday of the state high court’s decision.

He continued, “The Court itself admits venue is proper in either county. Should not the case be tried in the county where we both live and where her reputation and character are well known? She herself has said: “There is no one here [Gadsden] that doesn’t know that I’m not an angel.”

“Corfman based her defense of venue in Montgomery County on two statements. One was made by a nonparty and thus was irrelevant to the case, and the other was made in a court case where the statement was privileged. Yet the Supreme Court refused to consider these facts in making its decision,” Moore concluded.