Judge Roy Moore has a “strong case” for leveraging a full disclosure of sexual abuse accuser Leigh Corfman as a slanderous liar.
That, according to Constitutional Law and Litigation Attorney Johnny Davis, who added most competent attorneys regardless of their personal feelings about Moore’s politics should agree.
As an Alabama born-and-raised conservative, now practicing law in the Washington DC area, Davis certainly likes Moore’s politics, and he has been following Moore’s case closely.
The case focus is on Moore as a Republican-nominated candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama, who was critically hurt by Corfman’s 11th-hour sexual accusations hard l.
Many see Corfman as having brought Moore’s Senate bid down as a loss to Alabama prosecutor Doug Jones.
According to Davis, Corfman’s story is inconsistent and is not supported by any actual evidence. Her story appeared in the Washington Post on November 9, 2017, about a month before the special election’s conclusion in early December.
Davis pointed out that the Post article is hear-say, Corfman has never made a sworn statement or testified regarding the accused incidents, but Moore made a sworn statement under oath denying the allegations.
He added that Corfman’s unwillingness to provide an answer to a question as simple as what kind of dwelling the alleged incident took place in reveals her untruthfulness.
“Since Corfman claims she remembers Moore take her to his residence, it is implausible that she would not be able to answer whether it was a trailer or house,” Davis said.
He calculated that just about any competent, knowledgeable attorney would relish the opportunity to lead the cross-examination of a litigant like Corfman in an Alabama court of law.
In the Post article, Corfman claims to remember exactly how she was sitting on a wooden bench in the county courtroom with her mother when she met Moore, how it was cold and dark when he picked her up at the intersection of named streets near her home after chatting with him on “her phone” in “her room.”
She remembers how a 30-minute ride into the woods ended when they drove up an unpaved driveway to his house. Or trailer home? She refuses to say.
“So, she can’t remember, she refuses to say, if it was a mobile home or a regular house,” Davis said. “This is important, and it’s not the only discrepancy.”
During the time frame of the late 1970s, Moore was building his stick-built home while living in a trailer home. And court filings by the Moore legal team ask that Corfman be compelled to say which.
According to Davis, Moore personally constructed his first actual house in the late 1970s.
“He was a country boy,” Davis said. “He grew up in rural northern Alabama, which means he grew up knowing how to do that sort of thing.”
It is mentioned in Moore’s book, “So Help Me God,” but what is not noted is when he moved from living in his mobile home to living in the constructed house. The move took place sometime in the late 1970s, or in 1980? When was it?
According to Davis, there is an obvious reason Corfman is not talking.
“It’s because she has never even met the man. In reality, she was making that stuff up,” Davis said. “She has already stuck herself in a corner with her story to the Washington Post.”
Other details include whether Moore had a T.V., in 1979, and other details beyond the vague references Corfman has made to a refrigerator in the kitchen and a couch in the living room. On numerous occasions, Corfman refers to a blanket laid down in front of a T.V., in the living room.
“She says they sat and talked. She remembers that Moore told her she was pretty, put his arm around her and kissed her, and that she began to feel nervous and asked him to take her home, which she says he did,” the Post article reads.
The Washington Post’s story on Corfman was crafted by a team of reporters assigned for months to find information about Moore as the Alabama race for Senate progressed.
According to the Post story, in early 1979, Moore called her phone again, and they met up at the same spot a second time.
“She says that Moore drove her back to the same house after dark, and that before long she was lying on a blanket on the floor,” the Post story reads.
But was it the same trailer home? or the same stick-built home? Corfman refuses to choose.
The sexual misconduct is alleged to have taken place there at that time, where ever “there” may be, but after several articles of clothing came off, she got up and said she didn’t want to go too far.
Corfman said Moore also stopped, they got fully dressed, and Moore took her back home, leaving behind the blanket that had been laid down in front of the T.V., in whatever structure it was.
“Even back then, most people had a T.V.,” Davis said. “She was assuming he was like most people who had a T.V.”
But if Moore did not, and numerous friends remember so, that would be what Davis called an “impeachment” against her story – an infraction against her truthfulness.
If she had the ability to tell the truth, she would not have to worry about being proven wrong
The filing of motions for information is part of the trial process that Davis explained is typical of cases proceeding toward trial. Both sides communicate to each other about what their trial narratives will be, but they don’t want to say too much.
“Right now, they’re doing interrogatives, each side is asking the other details about their case,” Davis said. “They are trying to pry into each others’ evidence, and Corfman’s attorneys are trying to keep her from being pinned down on a response that is impeached by the facts.”
Davis said that the trial process would be simple if Corfman was able to simply tell a true story of events that actually occurred.
“If she had the ability to tell the truth, she would not have to worry about being proven wrong,” Davis said. “If it really happened, she would be able to say, for example, if it was a trailer home or a house.”
Davis added that Corfman’s true weakness, in being an untruthful litigant, is the cross-examination that is certainly coming.
“Corfman has been protected from any challenge,” Davis said. “The Post did its best to clean up her story before it published it.
“She has only given a few TV interviews, always with sympathetic liberal media personalities who allowed her to primarily bash Moore,” he added.
They “did not challenge her or even ask her to repeat her Post story on her own. She has had nothing – absolutely nothing – close to a trial process.”
Davis estimated that the case shall go to trial – Corfman’s attorneys can’t play their games forever.
“In a trial, they will get into all the details, and there is no way her false story can hold up,” he added. “There’s no way Corfman will withstand cross-examination.”