The Birmingham Herald reports:
A Montgomery judge has denied a motion filed by Roy Moore’s attorneys to dismiss the defamation lawsuit filed by Leigh Corfman, one of the former U.S. Senate candidate’s accusers. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Roman Ashley Shaul has also scheduled the lawsuit’s first court hearing for April 12.
In the order issued Thursday afternoon, the judge also denied Moore’s request to transfer the case to his home of Etowah County as well as denied Moore’s request for a hearing to make oral arguments on the issue of dismissing the lawsuit and relocating to Etowah County.
According to the lawsuit, Moore and his campaign committee “have defamed Ms. Corfman, repeatedly and in all forms of media, calling her a liar and questioning her motivation for publicly disclosing that Mr. Moore sexually abused her in 1979 when she was a 14-year-old high school freshman and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney.”