A telephone conference in Roy Moore's defamation lawsuit against comedian and prankster Sacha Baron Cohen, over a segment of Showtime's "Who Is America" testing a supposed pedophile detector on the ex-judge.
Covering it for @CourthouseNews.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter
Moore's lawyer Larry Klayman
Cohen and the network's attorneys:
Elizabeth A. McNamara, Eric J. Feder, and Rachel F. Strom from the firm Davis Wright Tremaine
Larry Klayman is up first.
"If we were to proceed with full discovery... then we would need to be getting discovery on any and all issues and claims here, including substantial truth."
She means truth of the allegations by the women.
"There would need to be full discovery on substantial truth. There would need to be full discovery on actual malice."
"There hasn't been any articulation on the First Amendment arguments," adding she was hoping to have some sort of determination there.
But she adds she will comply with the court's order.
Klayman wants 150 days for discovery.
McNamara calls that "exceedingly optimistic," because they are going to have to look into the women's claims and other issues.
She wants six months. Klayman agrees.
"Let's try to wrap up discovery by Groundhog Day then," the judge says.
Adjourned. Story soon.