Filner camp wants sexual harassment suit moved east
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's legal team wants a sexual
harassment lawsuit filed against him moved to Imperial County, but
plaintiff's attorney Gloria Allred said Wednesday she would oppose the motion.
“We do not believe that venue should be changed from San Diego County
to Imperial County in this case. We are confident an impartial jury can be in
San Diego County,” Allred said. The Los Angeles-based women's rights attorney
represents Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner's former communications director.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Richard Strauss set a Sept. 16 hearing to
consider pretrial motions, including the attempt by Filner's lawyers to move
the case to Imperial County.
His attorneys said the change of venue was being sought because of
“widespread, unrelenting, intense and outspoken” publicity about the
allegations against the former congressman.
Filner attorneys Harvey Berger and James Payne want to quash, or legally
reject, a subpoena from the City Attorney's Office and have said Filner would
will not be at a deposition set for Friday.
Allred said she and McCormack — the surname she uses professionally —
were questioned for about two hours on Monday by San Diego County sheriff's
detectives, who asked for the meeting at the state Attorney General's office.
A note from a psychologist has been circulated among San Diego
reporters, which reads: “To Whom It May Concern: Robert Filner is currently
under my care in an intensive treatment program and will be unavailable for
deposition on August 9, 2013.”
The name of the person who wrote the note was blacked out.
Allred said Filner's case should be heard in San Diego.
“The conduct we allege in out lawsuit occurred in San Diego. We allege
that Mayor Filner sexually harassed our client … in San Diego. We believe
that the case should be heard and decided by a jury of Mayor Filner's peers who
reside in San Diego.”
McCormack, who is among 10 women who have accused Filner of sexual
harassment, claims Filner asked her to work without underwear.
On Monday, Filner started a two-week behavior modification program after
refusing requests to resign.