Jeffersonville July 26, Special Judge Robert Bennett has ruled that Mayor Mike Moore must testify in his daughter, Amanda’s lawsuit against “Citizens for Decency in Government”, Patrick Stout and others. After a hearing on July, 24 the Court ruled that Moore’s testimony would be limited to his “…knowledge of facts and circumstances surrounding the purported admission of the document.”
Amanda Moore, the Mayor’s daughter from his first marriage, and her mother, Amy Sturgis, filed suit in August 2010 against Patrick Stout and “Citizens for Decency in Government” for invasion of privacy she alleges occurred when a now notorious political mailer was distributed in Clark County prior to the May, 2010 primary election. The mailer included police reports from the 1985 investigation of child abuse allegations against her father, the current mayor. Mayor Moore denies the allegations.
At the time the lawsuit was filed, according to the News Tribune report, Mr. Moore said, “he fully supports his daughter’s efforts. He said he knows who is behind the mailings, and the only question is whether they can prove it.
“I’d like to think the people who were behind this have to answer for what they’ve done,” he said. “They’ve done a lot of harm to a lot of people.” (here’s the link to that story: http://newsandtribune.com/clarkcounty/x1333312358/Woman-files-lawsuit-over-mailed-police-reports)
However, in an unusual turn of events from his stated ‘support’, on June 20 of this year (2013), Mr. Moore filed a motion for a protective order seeking to keep his daughter from being able to take his testimony in a deposition. This followed his cancelling an appearance at a previously scheduled appearance for deposition testimony.
After cancelling his appearance, it seems Mr. Moore provided an affidavit concerning the case which he provided (through his attorney John Vissing) to one of the defendants.
This defendant subsequently used Mr. Moore’s affidavit to support a motion for summary judgment AGAINST his daughter’s suit. Thereafter, Plaintiffs’s attorney renewed the effort to take Mr. Moore’s testimony which resulted in Mr. Moore filing his motion in an effort to avoid his daughter’s questions.