Court rules Mayor must testify in Daughter’s “Mailer” lawsuit

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:

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.

5 comments for “Court rules Mayor must testify in Daughter’s “Mailer” lawsuit

  1. Mike
    July 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    One would think MM would want the truth to come out. Maybe the judge can order another polygraph test to see if he can now pass it. He should have hired a better attorney to represent him…..

  2. July 27, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Goliath believes that he was motivated by trying to avoid getting involved in matters that would lead to salacious gossip or be used by people for political reasons. But it seems that end would have been better served by sitting down with the plaintiffs and answering their questions directly as was done for the defendants. The case does not turn on the validity of the antique accusations so there would be no reason to question the mayor about them. …nor seek a polygraph on them. Nor could a judge “order” a polygraph. That does not appear to be what this is about.

  3. The 'BikerDude'
    July 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Big ‘G’ sezzz….”That does not appear to be what this is about.”

    Far from be’n top ‘LawDog’ (or….?….low’r 1,fer ‘at matter…..LOL!) but…….have ta agree……I’d think….?… more ‘long line o’ breech’n ‘is girl’s (…or,?….young WOMAN,now….I rec’n…) privacy. (dunno the ‘legal’ script,LOL….) The ‘Amy’ chic……an’ daughter got’a real right ta be plenty pizz’d…….I’d be…….

  4. Amy
    August 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm


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