Judge denies requests by Roy Moore to recuse himself, end Leigh Corfman lawsuit

Former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore received a series of setbacks Monday in rulings by the judge presiding over the lawsuit brought by one of his accusers.

In the lawsuit filed in 2018 by Leigh Corfman, who has alleged she was a victim of sexual misconduct by Moore when she was 14 years old and he was 32 in Etowah County, Judge John Rochester denied Moore’s requests that he withdraw from the case.

Moore has repeatedly denied Corfman’s allegations.

The judge also denied Moore’s motion for summary judgment and granted Corfman’s motions to expand and take Moore deposition as well as take the deposition of Moore’s wife, Kayla.

No trial date has been set in the case and it’s unclear how soon a date might be set, given that Alabama suspended jury trials in March because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Jury trials are scheduled to resume next month.

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