Gloria Allred, says the won’t allow the yearbook, that is of paramount importance to this case as it ascertains Moore’s romantic interest in Nelson, of belonging to Roy Moore’s accuser Beverly Young Nelson to be inspected unless the Senate conducts a hearing on the charges against Moore regarding his alleged sexual assault of Nelson.
The validity of the signature has been called into question several times, and Roy Moore’s legal team has denied that the signature is his: In 1999, Moore presided as judge over a divorce between Nelson and her ex-husband. His team claims that the signature from those divorce papers have been electronically copied into the yearbook with D.A. added to the end. It is also interesting to note that, at the time Moore allegedly signed this yearbook, he had not yet become District Attorney.
The charges alone againts Moore are enough to potentially cost him the election to the Senate. It is possible that, if the signature is forged, Allred is attempting to stall the inspection of the yearbook to keep the charges against Moore prevalent in the minds of voters. It is unlikely the yearbook be presented to a handwriting expert before the election, according to Allred’s stipulations. Roy Moore is not yet a member of the Senate, and the Senate will be unlikely to form a special counsel regarding a candidate.
During an interview on CNN Tonight, Don Lemon pressed Gloria Allred about the validity of the signature, about which, she was defensive at best.
Moore’s lawyer: Inscription in accuser’s yearbook should be shown to handwriting experts for verification
“We accept that challenge … We are willing to have an independent expert,” says Gloria Allred, attorney for Roy Moore accuser https://t.co/uvpEpBqb4e
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Here is the Transcript of Don Lemon Questioning Allred
Lemon: “Did Judge Moore preside over her divorce? Was this just filing of papers? Clear this up for us. How much involvement did she have involvement with him? What’s going on here?”
Allred: “We will answer any and all questions about that issue and any issue that they would like to bring up at the hearing which should be held within two weeks. If they do not have that hearing, then we’ll go to plan B and I will say at that time what plan B is. So I’m not gonna comment on that at this time. I will talk about the yearbook.”
Lemon: “Can I ask you something? When I hear your answers, because I heard you on CNN earlier, when I hear your answers, it seems like your answers are meant to compel him to speak on the record and under oath. Listen, I’m not a lawyer here. Are you trying to compel him to do that because you want to get him on the record and you want to be able to depose him? What’s your endgame here?”
Allred: “Well, of course, there is no legal process except the one I am proposing which is essentially a political process combined with a legal process.”
Lemon:“So then why can’t you say if he presided over her divorce case, Gloria,” Lemon pressed.
Allred: “Well I’m saying we’re not going to put out bread crumbs of pieces of evidence. We have evidence that we have not revealed to the press, and we’re not going to reveal it, bread crumb by bread crumb. We will be happy to answer all questions and provide all evidence at the hearing, if there is one. We think that’s the way to do it.”
Lemon: “OK, so what about the signature? Roy Moore’s attorney denies Moore ever wrote in Beverly’s yearbook. Can you say definitively that this is his signature?”
Allred:“I think what they wanted was a handwriting expert to examine it and we are willing if there is a hearing that is conducted by the Senate to allow an independent expert to examine the signature in the yearbook, in addition, of course, that handwriting expert would compare it to exemplars of Mr. Moore’s handwriting, signature, at the time that he signed the yearbook. So we are certainly open to that, assuming there’s going to be a hearing.”
Lemon:“So you can’t say definitively that it’s his signature?”
Allred:“I am saying that since they are now challenging that, we accept that challenge and we’re willing to have an independent expert.”