n November 9, 2017 The Washington Post put out a story designed to politically take down Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for the United States Senate seat in Alabama. This seat was previously held by United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and is currently held by Luther Strange. A Special Election to be held on December 12, 2017 will decide who gets to represent Alabama in the United States Senate, Republican Roy Moore or the Democrat, Doug Jones.
The “alleged” story is that Roy Moore, during the late 1970‘s and early 1980‘s, had a thing for really young teenage girls. The accompanying “allegations” are that Moore, who was in his early 30‘s and then serving as an Assistant-District Attorney for Etowah County in Alabama, made morally inappropriate advances on the female teenagers, and in one case committed criminal sexual misconduct on a 14-year old minor.
This piece will focus primarily on the initial story from the Washington Post. It was expected there would be additional women coming forth--and like clockwork several additional “accusers” did follow--but the first accusers were critical to this effort. Once the premise was established that Roy Moore is a hypocritical sexual deviant in a State with a large Christian faith population--and had masked this fraud with a public stance professing a sincere love of God--it was hoped by his political opponents that Moore’s voter base would stay home in disgust, allowing the Democrat to overcome Moore’s numerical advantage.
Despite the Washington Post’s contention this was a legitimate news story, the reality is the story was a pure political hit with a very specific purpose. Convert a longtime Republican held Senate seat to a Democrat one, thereby reducing the total number of Republican held seats in the United States Senate to 51, and making it next to impossible for President Trump to get anything passed through Congress prior to the 2018 mid-term Elections. Also, if the Democrats, with their Mainstream Media allies—and a helpful nudge by GOP Establishment Republicans, can pull this off, it will inspire their hoped for return to leftist political dominance in the future.
The timing of this story’s release couldn’t have been worse—that’s why there’s widespread speculation the timing was deliberate. It came out after the deadline had passed for Roy Moore to be replaced if the misconduct allegations proved to have validity. It allowed for only 34 days between the story being published and Election Day--allowing little time for the allegations to be investigated and refuted by Moore’s campaign team. The allegations concerned misconduct that even if true, was decades old and was limited to testimony--with little to no supporting evidence regarding the misconduct itself. This would come down to who the voters would believe and find more credible, Roy Moore or the “accusers?”
At the center of the Post story are four women. Of the four, three of the women; Debbie Wesson Gibson, Gloria Thacker Deason, and Wendy Miller serve two purposes: to give the impression Moore’s alleged misconduct was more than it seemed—i.e., there’s more than one actual accuser; and to provide support for the main accuser, Marjorie Leigh Corfman. Prior to the publication of the story, Corfman had informed the Post that she would only go through with making her “allegation” if there were others. The Post had no trouble meeting her request.
The tale the Washington Post came up with regarding how they developed the Roy Moore story is patently ridiculous. According to the Post, a reporter was covering an event for Roy Moore supporters in Alabama when “someone” approached the reporter and relayed information about rumors supposedly circulating about Roy Moore and several specific teenager girls. This “someone” apparently knew the names of these women and was able to steer the reporter in the right direction. Over the next several weeks all four women were contacted by Post reporters and “reluctantly” agreed to come forward.
There are several problems with this story. According to the women, none of the four had ever met, nor did they know each other--or of each other. Two of the women had left Alabama decades before and lived in other States--and were now using different last names. And yet, this “someone” knew all about them.
Roy Moore had been a national figure for over twenty-five years, and had run for elective office numerous times over 35 years. He had been a controversial figure in regards to his stance on the Ten Commandments while he was twice the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Not once had any of these allegations surfaced before. Roy Moore was also, whether voters agreed or disagreed with him, considered a man of solid Christian values and who set a high moral standard for himself and those around him. Nothing that was known about him over his entire personal and professional life contradicted this assertion.
Finally, the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell didn’t want Roy Moore in the United States Senate. McConnell had no desire for a conservative to be elected, preferring instead for the more Washington establishment guy, Luther Strange, to defeat Moore in the Primary, then go on to represent Alabama after defeating Doug Jones in the General Election. In support of this goal, McConnell and his allied Super Pacs pored approximately $30 million into the campaign to defeat Moore. This included a heavily funded “opposition research team” that spent many weeks seeking out anything negative against Roy Moore. None of these “allegations” surfaced during this time. Moore easily defeated Luther Strange in the Primary and was coasting to an expected win against the Democrat, Doug Jones. Then along came the Washington Post.
The Roy Moore Campaign was at a distinct disadvantage when these allegations hit. The Mainstream Media is overwhelmingly leftist and looks at a deeply religious conservative like Roy Moore as a caricature whom they can portray as a reminder of a bigoted and intolerant past. The MSM immediately presented several nonsensical themes. The American people, and particularly the voters in Alabama, should believe the “accusers” simply because of their gender. This assertion is one of the offshoots from the current trend regarding sexual harassment in Hollywood that was triggered by the Harvey Weinstein revelations. Another theme was the public must believe the “accusers” because there is more than one of them. Any effort to question the motives of the women were immediately branded as the rantings of someone who “just doesn’t get it.” Any effort to demand actual evidence to support the “allegations” was greeted with hysteria and name calling.
Roy Moore did an interview with Sean Hannity on his Hannity’s radio program shortly after the Washington Post article came out. Moore was widely seen as flubbing the question as to whether he had dated young women in their late teens. The age of consent in Alabama is 16 years of age. Roy Moore, despite being in public life for many years, is not exactly a polished speaker. Roy Moore did date young women in their late teens. It was quite common during that time period, especially in the South. An older man with Moore’s type of religious values wanted to have a career established prior to getting married while also having an eye towards establishing a family. When Moore graduated from law school and secured his job at the Etowah District Attorney’s Office he was 30 years old--that’s when it appears he began dating with the idea of finding a wife. This is also something that was expected in many quarters of the South during that time period, a rising star was expected to have a wife.
Roy Moore dated women in their late teens/early 20‘s for several years, that ending when he dated and married Kayla Moore in 1985 soon after she had turned twenty-four. He doesn’t remember dating the three older “accusers” and denies it. He remembers vaguely a couple of their mothers—it was a relatively small community and he hesitated at first to flat out deny meeting them because they did describe how he approached women during his dating years—be respectful and ask for their mother’s permission. He denies meeting Leigh Corfman under any circumstances.
The fact that Moore did date women in their late teens doesn’t mean he was targeting children or girls under the age of consent. So imagine that question coming to Moore and he’s trying to answer in a way that explains how he may have dated 18-19 year olds with their mother’s permission in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s, but he certainly didn’t date girls under the age of consent. On that question Moore issued a unequivocal denial. “It never happened.” The media seized on that hesitation and exploited it. It was easy, describe Moore’s dating behavior 40 years ago, while showing a photo or video of Moore in present day—a 70 year old.
The “allegations” themselves were repeated endlessly on TV and via news outlets. If became obvious very quickly that any question or inquiry that might call the “allegations” into question would not be pressed. Any statement in support of the “allegations” was presented without challenge. So when a Left leaning guest on CNN would claim that Moore had sexually assaulted four women, that falsehood was not corrected.
Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership at first took a “If these allegations are true then Moore should drop out.” This quickly changed to “Whether they are true or not, he should drop out.” John McCain in particular made this point. We were told by Chris Cuomo at CNN—with a straight face—that “allegations” themselves were actual evidence.
Fortunately, a large section of the public asked questions. Since there was little to no supporting evidence to back up these “allegations,” and Roy Moore had no previously noted history of sexual misconduct, the majority the Alabama public asked why were they supposed to believe without question the “allegations,” but utterly dismiss the denial by Roy Moore? Why was the public supposed to consider the fact that several women were making “allegations” as “proof” of misconduct, but the dozens and dozens of women who’d worked around Roy Moore for years and testified they saw no evidence of sexual misconduct didn’t count? Why was asking for evidence of wrongdoing—due process in the public square since there wasn’t time to have legal due process in a courtroom—considered ignorant, stupid, and unnecessary since after all, we have “allegations?”
Whether the public believed the four “accusers,” particularly the main accuser Leigh Corfman, came down to whether the public could look at each of the women and see nothing in their backgrounds that would lead to a doubting of their veracity. This was as fair as Roy Moore was going to get. Whether we disagree or agree with Roy Moore’s politics we have to acknowledge there hasn’t been a hint of scandal involving personal conduct in his entire professional, and as far as we know, personal life. He is a West Point graduate, was a Commander of a military police company during the Vietnam War, honorably discharged as a Captain, came back to Alabama, went to law school, and became the first permanent Assistant-District Attorney in Etowah Count history in 1977. He went on from there to a prominent judicial career with an eye towards running for higher State political office. He was married in 1985 and that marriage was successful and produced a large and extended family.
This doesn’t mean that prominent men in the past with apparently spotless records of personal conduct have not turned out to be something other than highly moral men. But it does mean they get the benefit of the doubt until “evidence” is produced that contradicts what is publicly known. The same goes for the “accusers” in reverse—there is a “presumption of innocence.” Before believing an “accusation,” we need supporting evidence.
In the following sections we’ll look at each of the accusers. This won’t be an exhaustive biography of each of their lives, but we will look at information the MSM didn’t highlight when presenting these four women as victims. Also, the Washington Post exhibited extreme “confirmation bias” in conducting their investigation regarding these “accusations.” Rather than also look for information that would cast doubt on what a particular accuser might be saying, the Post would take the person’s statement at face value. This bias came up often, an example being the assumption that all four were registered Republicans who voted for President Trump. The source for this wasn’t the local Registrar of Voters, but apparently the “accusers.”
According to the Washington Post, Gibson was 17-years old and met Moore after he spoke to her Etowah High School civics class in 1981--Moore was 34 years old at the time. Moore allegedly obtained the permission of Gibson’s mother to take her out, the mother not only approved but was encouraging and told Gibson “I’d say you were the luckiest girl in the world.” Moore was single, prominent, and was considered quite a catch. Moore “allegedly” took her out on several dates over a period of two to three months and kissed her on two occasions. He treated her respectfully and there was no reported sexual contact between the two of them.
Again, the age of consent in Alabama is 16-years of age. Roy Moore was 34-years old in 1981, his birthday being on February 11th, but Gibson also turned 18-years of age that year--her birthday was in July. When exactly did Moore date her? When she allegedly allowed him to kiss her those two times--was she an adult? The Post was apparently more concerned with how old Gibson was when they met--not how old she was when he first took her on a date. Regardless, Moore did nothing illegal and as explained previously, immoral--particularly for the times.
Debbie Wesson Gibson left Etowah County in early 1985 and moved to Lee County in Alabama. In the late 1980’s she transitioned to Palm Beach County in Florida and never lived in Alabama again. During this time she married her husband Sean Gibson, and her name was changed from Debbie Wesson to Debbie Wesson Gibson. In December of 2015, Debbie Wesson Gibson filed for divorce from her husband and took custody of their children. The divorce was finalized in April of 2016.
Debbie Wesson Gibson is a registered Republican in Palm Beach County in Florida. That’s where her ties to the Republican Party appear to end. Gibson is actually a leftwing progressive Democrat.
Before she scrubbed her social media sites, Gibson’s political ideology was on display:
In addition, Debbie Wesson Gibson is a hard core Bernie Sanders supporter. It’s somewhat understandable the media missed this fact—not that they were looking that hard—because Gibson repeatedly misspelled her first name in FEC Disclosure Statements when donating money to the Sanders Campaign in 2016. This would cause anyone searching for Gibson’s name in the FEC Donor Database to often come up with no return. Gibson made approximately 106 donations over a period of two years. She also appears to have used other family members, Edward, Candice, and Ben to bundle additional money to the Sanders Campaign. Their names are also listed on Gibson’s FEC Disclosure Forms. Finally, Debbie Wesson Gibson donated money to a progressive Super Pac called Act Blue. As can be read in the below Huffington Post link, Act Blue was a major money player in the 2016 Presidential campaign for Bernie Sanders, in addition to being a major funder for progressive causes across the United States in the amount of hundreds of millions of dollars.
It’s surprising the Washington Post even used Debbie Wesson Gibson in their story. Her accusation regarding Roy Moore didn’t involve any conduct that was illegal or immoral. And she had obvious political, ideological, and possible financial reasons to try and harm Roy Moore. Financial because she was coming off of a divorce at the end of 2016, now had custody of her children, and had a business, “Signs of Excellence, LLC,” that appears to be in part, dependent on providing sign language services to Democrat clients.
But it makes more sense when she is placed in context. Debbie Wesson Gibson wasn’t the primary “accuser.” Her role was to give the MSM temporary cover to make misleading statements about the “multiple women who have ‘accused’ Roy Moore of sexual assault.” She was also there, along with the two other women, to supply Leigh Corfman cover.
According to the Washington Post, Wendy Miller said she was 14-years old and working as a Santa’s Helper at Gadsden Mall in Etowah County when she first had contact with Roy Moore. Miller turned fourteen in October of 1977.
Two years later Miller alleges that Moore asked her out in the presence of her mother. This supposedly happened at a Gasden Mall photo booth where Miller’s mother worked. Miller said she turned him down. Miller’s mother, Martha Brackett, also said she told Moore at the time “You’re too old for her...let’s not rob the cradle.” If Moore did ask Miller out on date during her 16th year, he would have been between 32-33 years of age. That was the extent of Miller’s “alleged” contact with Roy Moore. No crime was committed and even assuming Moore knew how old Miller was, she was at the age of consent--and exercised that right by turning him down for a date. Miller stated to the Post that now that she’s older, “...the idea that a grown man would want to take out a teenager, that’s disgusting to me.”
Wendy Miller is now 54 years old. She is registered to vote in Etowah County but is not registered as a Republican--her status is “Not Specified.”
Wendy is listed in social media as retired. She is a widow, her husband passed away in 2013 and appears to have left her financially secure. Somewhat ironically, her husband worked as a photographer later in life and was 17 years older than her when they married. It appears Wendy was married previously at least once--she had a child from her previous marriage and another child from a different relationship.
Wendy was arrested when she was going by the name Wendy Shell on June 21,1994 for harassment (Case Number: CC-1995-000041.00, City of Gadsden v. Shell Wendy B). The Alabama Court database doesn’t list who the alleged victim was but it does indicate she was released from jail on January 30, 1995 and a trial was subsequently held. Wendy was acquitted in September of 1995.
On June 26, 1996 Wendy Shell was arrested for passing a worthless check to the City of Gadsden--a misdemeanor (Case Number: DC-1996-001914.00, State of Alabama v Shell, Wendy). She pled guilty, paid back the owed money, and received a suspended sentence of 30 days.
On January 14, 1997, Wendy Shell was arrested again for passing a bad check--a misdemeanor (Case Number: DC-1997-001757.00, State of Alabama v Shell, Wendy), this time at the JC Penney located in the same Gadsden Mall where she had once worked as a Santa’s Helper. She pled guilty, paid back the money, received one year’s probation. A warrant was issued for her arrest in February 1997, but it was recalled a month later.
On May 15, 1997, Wendy Shell was arrested again for passing a bad check--a misdemeanor (Case Number: DC-1997-000119.00, State of Alabama v Shell, Wendy), this time at G & S Lingerie in Gadsden. She pled guilty, paid back the money, received a year’s probation and a suspended sentence of 30 days. A warrant was issued for her arrest in June 1997, but was recalled a month later.
Wendy Shell was also sued in Small Claims Court by a Heilig Meyers for $316.36 on February 2, 1999 (Case Number: SM-1999-000237.00). The case was dismissed when the plaintiff was unable to locate Wendy to be served.
Roy Moore was the Judge in charge of the 16th Judicial Circuit Court from 1992 to 2000. This Circuit Court does serve Etowah County and is in the same building as the District Criminal Court. This was during the time Wendy Shell was interacting with the criminal justice system. Roy Moore was not listed among the judges who handled her four misdemeanor cases. If any of them had been elevated to a felony it’s likely that Shell would have appeared before Judge Moore, or one of his four colleagues. It’s unknown if Shell had any contact with Roy Moore at the Courthouse during her appearances there. It’s a question that should have been asked by the Washington Post reporter when she was interviewed.
When it is finally revealed how this story was put together on Roy Moore it will be interesting to find how Wendy Miller, who was Wendy Brackett in 1979-1980, became involved. By the time she was contacted by the Washington Post, she had been through at least two name changes. By her own account Roy Moore came by her mother’s photo booth in 1979/1980 and asked her out in her mother’s presence. She said no. That brief contact was the entire interaction between the two. How could such a brief encounter come to the Washington Post’s attention 37 years later?
Like Debbie Wesson Gibson, we must put Wendy Miller in context. Her role was to provide cover for the main accuser--Leigh Corfman.
Gloria Thacker Deason told the Washington Post she was 18
years old when she met Roy Moore a the Gadsden Mall, where she worked at the jewelry counter of a department store called Pizitz. She was attending Gadsden State College and still living at home. By Deason’s account, her mother was thrilled that she was dating Roy Moore and considered him good husband material for her daughter. Deason stated that she and Roy Moore dated for a few months, he took her to his house a couple of times but the relationship never got beyond some kissing and hugging. Deason indicated they simply didn’t mesh--”He liked Eddie Rabbit and I liked Freddie Mercury.”
In this part of the Washington Post story the reporter who was assigned this section went out of the way to make Roy Moore look bad.
First, the reporter drew out that Deason “believed” she had not turned 19 years old yet when Roy Moore purchased wine for her at dinner, or ordered tropical cocktails for her when they went to a Chinese restaurant.
According to Deason herself, Roy Moore was 32 years old when he first met her. That means his birthday on February 11, 1979 had passed. Deason’s 19th birthday was on May 3, 1979. After some obvious coaxing, Deason told the reporter that “she believes (i.e., she guessed) she was younger than 19” at the time. The reporter didn’t press any further because the goal had been achieved. The reporter could insinuate that Roy Moore was violating the State law in Alabama by purchasing alcohol for an underage female. The legal drinking age in Alabama was 19 years of age.
Keep in mind the context. Roy Moore never attempted any sexual contact with Deason. As has been pretty well established, he was looking for wife material, not a conquest. So he was not trying to get Deason drunk so he could take advantage of her. This goes along with his stated religious values regarding sex and marriage.
The reporter also wrote, “Around the same time that Deason says she met Moore at the jewelry counter, Wendy Miller says that Moore approached her at the mall, where she would spend time with her mom, who worked at a photo booth there.”
This was an obvious falsehood. If we go by Deason’s statement, she met Roy Moore in early 1979. If we go by Wendy Miller’s statement, Roy Moore met her after she turned 16 years of age, which was October 1979. Even if Roy Moore had met Wendy Miller “on” her birthday, that would still have been 7-8 months after he met Deason. Nothing in the Washington Post article tells us exactly when Roy Moore met Miller--just that she was 16 years old at the time. For all the reader knows he “allegedly” met her the following year in 1980.
So why would the reporter weave this falsehood into the article? One reason is to give the reader an impression that Roy Moore was walking from one area of the Gadsden Mall to another hitting on young teenage girls during the same time period. This provides support for the main narrative that Roy Moore is a sexual predator seeking out innocent young teenagers--as exemplified by Leigh Corfman.
So what became of Gloria Thatcher Deason, who went by Thacker in late 1970’s? The Washington Post helpfully tells its readers in a general aside that she now lives in North Carolina. Yes she does, she apparently moved there around 1990 and has lived in New Hanover County for the past 27 years.
Gloria Thacker Deason is a registered Republican in New Hanover County and is an active voter in North Carolina. She does vote Republican in Republican Primaries, but doesn’t state whether she votes Republican in Presidential or Municipal Elections.
Deason has had some financial problems, declaring Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in July of 2002. She was discharged from bankruptcy in April of 2004 but the case dragged on and wasn’t closed until October of 2005. Of the three women the Washington Post brought in to provide cover for Leigh Corfman, Deason is apparently the one with the cleanest background.
Leigh Corfman is being used as the main attack point by the Washington Post. With the other significant accuser Beverly Nelson finally admitting that she wrote some of the inscription in her high school yearbook, and it’s fairly obvious she did more than that—and lied about it directly and repeatedly to the public, as well as through her attorney Gloria Allred, Leigh Corfman is the last significant “accuser” standing.
Leigh Corfman told the Washington Post that when she was 14-years old she was approached by an older man outside a courtroom in Etowah County. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore, who had just turned 32 years old a couple of weeks prior.
Moore allegedly offered to sit with Leigh Corfman while her mother, Nancy Wells, attended a custody hearing. Leigh says that while she was sitting on that bench alone with Moore he asked her for her phone number. He subsequently called her “days later,” set up date, picked her up from around the corner from her house in Gadsden, then drove her to his home.
Corfman stated that Moore gave her alcohol on either that visit or the second one. He allegedly told her on this first “date” that she was pretty and kissed her. Corfman said she became nervous and asked him to take her home--he did. “Soon after,” he allegedly called again, she agreed to meet him, he picked her up near her home again, and took her to his home. On her second visit he took off everything but his underwear, took off of everything but her underwear, and sexually touched her outside her clothing. He then allegedly tried to get her to touch him.
According to Corfman, she wanted Moore to stop, yanked her hand away, and asked him to take her home, which he did. Corfman said that sometime after the second encounter Moore called her home again but Corfman made an excuse to not see him. That was her final stated contacted with Roy Moore.
Supporting Leigh Corfman’s allegations against Roy Moore is her childhood friend Betsy Davis. Davis told the Washington Post that she told Corfman to stay away from Moore. That “...seeing someone as old as Moore was out of bounds.” Davis also said “I remember talking to her and telling her it’s not a good idea.” “Because we were so young.”
The Washington Post phrased Davis’s quotation to give the impression of a friend giving good advice. Davis expanded on her quote in a subsequent WLOX.com article:
"’I said, ''You cannot see him again. He''s too old for you. You''re too young for him. You've got your life ahead of you. You have to go to college and, you know, live your life,''"
"I don''t think I understood that, but what my mother always said to be and drilled into my head was, you know, in terms of sex, men take what they want, and it''s always the woman''s fault," Davis said. "And I knew if she went down this path, she would be blamed, and she was the one who was going to be left behind, and it wouldn''t affect him at all. So I told her, as my friend, get out, this is no good."
According to the article, Davis also told the reporter:
“She said the girls didn''t tell any adults about what happened.”
"We felt were were equipped to handle it. We decided it wasn''t a good idea. Nobody wanted to get in trouble, and we didn''t think anybody would believe us," Davis said.”
Again, Davis is portrayed in 2017 as someone trying to save her friend from the potential disaster of dating an older man. What’s wrong with this portrayal?
We now know from Etowah County Court documents that on Wednesday, February 21, 1979, the day she supposedly met Roy Moore, Leigh Corfman found out she would be leaving Gadsden for the neighboring City of Ohatchee. Her custody, by mutual agreement had been transferred from her mother Nancy Wells to her father, Robert Corfman. Leigh Corfman was due to begin living with her father on Sunday, March 4, 1979--on the 12th day from the time Roy Moore is supposed to have walked up to that Courthouse bench where Leigh Corfman was sitting with her mother.
By the time Leigh Corfman allegedly told Betsy Davis about her “dating” an “older man,” (Roy Moore)--after the second alleged encounter, the 12 days were almost up. Leigh Corfman didn’t have a car or a driver’s license. It would have made more sense if Corfman had told Betsy “So you don’t think I should continue “dating” the Assistant-DA? No problem, I’m leaving for Ohatchee after Friday, March 2nd.”
We have to assume at a minimum that Saturday, March 3rd, was somewhat committed to final preparations for Leigh Corfman to move. The next day is when she arrived in Ohatchee. So, knowing, according to Corfman herself, that Roy Moore didn’t drive down to Leigh Corfman’s house on February 21st, the day he allegedly met her--it was “days later,” that gives Moore just a few days to set up two “dates” with Leigh Corfman--and attempt a 3rd—without alerting Corfman’s mother about what he was doing. Nothing has been offered that Roy Moore was taking a vacation during this time period so we have to assume he was working during the majority of those days and somehow was able to coordinate this with someone he’d just met.
We also have to assume that Roy Moore was reckless and had a criminal mindset--at least momentaril, calling Leigh Corfman at least three times and somehow avoiding the mother picking up the phone. The phone, which supposedly had a long cord that allowed Leigh Corfman to take the phone into her bedroom, was still located in the hallway of the residence--not Leigh Corfman’s bedroom. She would have had to hear the phone, answer it, realize it was Roy Moore, and take the phone into her bedroom--without her mother asking any questions.
We also know the mother wasn’t completely openminded about letting her daughter run wild because Leigh Corfman allegedly told her friend Betsy that she “snuck” out of the house. That means Roy Moore, who’s habit was to approach a potential date’s mother--changed his usual pattern and saw nothing wrong with picking up a 14-year old girl on a public street after she had “snuck” out of her house. That type of behavior would demonstrate Moore’s knowledge that he was furthering the commission of a crime. One has to wonder how Roy Moore, with his background, became a complete idiot with criminal tendencies for less than a week, then reverted back to his pattern of asking permission from his date’s mothers.
This chain of events goes against Roy Moore’s behavior in his acknowledged dating life, and with the allegations from the other three “accusers.” Roy Moore had no problem asking a mother for permission to ask her daughter out. But we are supposed to believe that Roy Moore broke this set pattern with Leigh Corfman so he could score some quick sex--and risk his entire professional career--and freedom--in the process by committing a felony?
Finally, we have to assume--if these allegations have any validity--that Roy Moore knew Leigh Corfman was leaving Gadsden to live with her father. The day he allegedly met Leigh Corfman and her mother at the Courthouse he supposedly asked the mother what the nature of the Hearing was about. That was his reason for babysitting the daughter--protecting Corfman from having to hear her two parents do battle. And that gives this story another discrepancy. Nancy Wells and Frank Corfman were not disputing anything. Both parents were in agreement. Leigh Corfman was acting out and needed to control her behavior. That was the reason she was going to go live with her father. Leigh Corfman was in no danger of hearing her two parents fighting--instead they would be discussing her welfare. It might have even been beneficial for her to be at the Hearing?
Betsy Rutenberg Davis, the now Los Angeles based childhood friend of Corfman’s who is supporting her story, is a registered Democrat and active in Democrat politics on a national level. She is a chef who owns a highly successful catering business in Los Angeles near West Hollywood called the “Saucy Redhead.” Prior to becoming a well-known chef, Rutenberg worked in other career fields. Here is a quote from her business’s website: “I eventually pursued various careers: politics; retail; TV & film…”
According to the Federal Elections Commission, (https://www.fec.gov) Davis, like Debbie Wesson Gibson, has funneled money through “Act Blue,” the progressive Super Pac. Davis was a supporter of Howard Dean’s 2004 Presidential bid before switching to John Kerry--donating at least $1,500 to Kerry’s bid. Since 2004 she’s been an active financial donor to Democracy for America, MoveOn.org--this includes a $150 donation to Democratic Senator and ex-Klan leader Robert C. Byrd in 2005. She was very busy during the 2012 Presidential Election making numerous donations to “Obama for America” and the “Obama Victory Fund 2012.” In the 2016 Presidential Election she put her money on “Hillary for America.”
Up until September 2017--and including months prior to the Washington Post article coming out--she’d donated to both California Senator Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren--both of whom have publicly slammed Roy Moore--and who did so prior to the Washington Post article coming out. Another website that has various partial listings--depending how one searches--of Davis’s donations is Open Secrets. Here is one example:
The easiest way to review all of Davis’s various political donations is for the interested person to search the FEC website and go back year by year, often using “caterer” as her occupation. For example:
Does the fact that Betsy Davis is politically active in the Democrat Party mean the allegations against Roy Moore have no merit? No. But a reasonable person might infer that she has a political bias against Roy Moore that should have been disclosed. In the above wlox.com article Davis finally states she is a Democrat--but that statement was made on December 9th, three days before the Election. A month has passed where a majority of the public is under the impression Davis is simply a caring friend who knew Leigh Corfman when they were children. Which is the impression the Washington Post was trying to relay--nothing against Roy Moore politically or personally--it’s simply about supporting her friend.
Leigh Corfman States Roy Moore Devastated Her
The Washington Post deliberately left quite a bit of information out--as well as failing to ask a number of basic questions.
According to the Washington Post, and repeated by Breitbart:
“After talking to her friends, Corfman says, she began to feel that she had done something wrong and kept it a secret for years.”
“I felt responsible,” she says. “I felt like I had done something bad. And it kind of set the course for me doing other things that were bad.”
“She says that her teenage life became increasingly reckless with drinking, drugs, boyfriends, and a suicide attempt when she was 16.”
So in other words, Leigh Corfman’s brief sexual encounter with Roy Moore was so devastating that her life spun out of control from that point on and led her into some very dark places.
But according to Breitbart’s review of the Etowah County Court documents, Leigh Corfman was already exhibiting “certain disciplinary and behavior problems prior to her alleged encounter with Roy Moore. This was the reason why Nancy Wells had agreed to let Robert Corfman take custody of their daughter. And again, according to Breitbart’s review of the Court documents, over one year later, on May 5, 1980, Nancy Wells filed a petition for her daughter to return to her. The petition stated that Corfman’s “disciplinary problem had improved greatly.” This petition was filed long after Leigh Corfman’s alleged encounter with Roy Moore.
In addition, Leigh Corfman’s friend Betsy Davis said in 2017 that both Corfman and her felt there was no problem with how Leigh Corfman handled the at the time.
At some point in the early to mid-1980’s, Leigh Corfman was married. There is very little information about the marriage beyond it’s existence and the fact that it ended. On August 27, 1987 Leigh Corfman married a country musician named David Polston and moved to Pima County, Arizona. It was her second marriage. They started a business that failed. The Washington Post stated the couple filed for bankruptcy in 1991--the first of three. The final bankruptcy was closed in August of 1996. Prior to this happening Leigh Corfman divorced David Polston in 1993. They had two children together, a daughter born in 1991, a son in 1994.
Roy Moore was appointed as a judge to Alabama’s 16th Circuit by Republican Governor H. Guy Hunt in 1992. According to Moore’s Wikipedia page, this was same position he had failed to win in 1982 when he left the Etowah County District Attorney’s Office. It was a temporary appointment until an election was held in 1994. In 1994 Roy Moore ran for and won a six-year term, becoming the first county-wide Republican to win since Reconstruction.
In December of 1999 Roy Moore decided to run for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. During the 2000 campaign something happened that would be repeated 17 years later. The GOP establishment threw their support behind an insider--Associate Justice Harold See, who had been in Office for three years. See was a former law professor and academic. See was also expected to win easily. To make sure he did, the Republican establishment vastly outspent Moore and had George Bush’s strategist Carl Rove to come in and advise See on how to defeat Roy Moore. Moore won easily. He then defeated the Democrat candidate, Sharon Yates.
Roy Moore was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court on January 15, 2001. He was replaced on the 16th Circuit by William Millican, a Democrat, who just retired in June 2017.
On March 29, 2001, approximately 12+ weeks after Roy Moore had left, Leigh Corfman filed a civil lawsuit in the 16th Judicial Circuit against six defendants (Leigh Corfman v. Anthony Allen, an individual; Health Strategies, Inc.; Advanced Health Care Management Corporation; MBAA; American Hospitality Association, Inc.; Ron Howard, an individual, et als. Case #: CV-01-409-WHR). The judge in charge of her case was Moore’s former colleague, a Democrat, William H. Rhea III--who is still on the bench.
According to a later Defendant’s Filing in Federal Court, her causes of action were breach of contract, fraudulent suppression, bad faith refusal to pay medical claims, bad faith failure to investigate, conversion, negligent hiring, training and supervision, negligence and wantonness, money had and received, and breach of fiduciary duties. The genesis of all these claims was an apparent failure of her employer to pay benefits under an employee welfare plan for her and her son.
On April 23, 2001 the now Plaintiffs filed in The United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama Middle Division (Case #: 4:01-cv-00995-HDB) for the case to be removed from the 16th Circuit’s jurisdiction and placed in the Federal Court system. This is a common tactic designed to run up the cost of a case and bleed the plaintiff--in this case the defendants had the “deep pockets,” Leigh Corfman did not. Corfman’s attorneys ended up winning the fight and managed to get the case remanded back to the 16th Judicial Circuit on May 30, 2001. The case ended up finally being settled for undisclosed terms on December 5, 2001 and was disposed of with prejudice--meaning neither side could reopen the matter.
Nothing further happened regarding this case until November 7, 2017, the day prior to the Washington Post story regarding Roy Moore being published. After 16 years and 11 months, the entire case file was scanned, with apparent redactions, into the 16th Judicial Circuit’s Court records. It is unknown who directed this to happen or for what reason.
Leigh Corfman married for the third time on December 8, 2006 to her new husband James C. Miles. This was an odd marriage. Miles promised to marry Corfman and she moved to Indiana to be with him. The marriage didn’t happen. Corfman moved back to Alabama, he followed her, and they ended up getting married. In June of 2007 they separated, leading to Corfman obtaining a divorce on October 16, 2008 (Case Number: DR-2008-000257.00).
Multiple lawsuits have been filed over the years against Leigh Corfman for debts that she has owed.
Corfman was sued on November 30, 2004 by Skipper Engineering (Case Number: SM-2004-002226.00). That case was finally disposed in February of 2007 for an unknown outcome.
On October 27, 1010 she lost a judgement to Riverwalk Holdings for almost $9,000 (Case Number: SM-2010-001431.00). In her defense, Corfman claimed that she had been unemployed since February 2009 and was currently a full-time student in grad school. She ended up getting hit with multiple garnishments in August of 2011 after she picked up some employment. That case was placed on hold by a judge on February 26, 2015 after Corfman had paid back approximately $2,600 of the debt. The case’s current status is unknown.
Midlland Funding, a collection agency, sued Corfman on April 14, 2011 (Case Number: SM-2011-900308.00). Midland obtained a judgement against Corfman for almost $4,000 in December of 2011. It appears the case was disposed of on October 16, 2014 for an unknown settlement.
Leigh Corfman was arrested on August 15, 2005 for operating a boat without a license--a misdemeanor (Case Number: DC-2005-002593.00). She was found guilty on September 22, 2005 and paid a fine on October 3, 2005.
Leigh Corfman was arrested on January 22, 2010 for furnishing alcohol to a minor--a misdemeanor (Case Number: DC-2010-000126.00). The Washington Post misleadingly stated the charge had been simply dismissed--which generally leaves the impression with readers that she wasn’t guilty. She was guilty, she was sentenced on April 14, 2010 and agreed to a fine and conditions in exchange for the dismissal. She paid off the fine on June 25, 2010.
Through 2014 Leigh Corfman lived in a trailer park in the City of Gadsden that had been her primary address on and off since 1996. Corfman has struggled to maintain her ownership of the residence--the State of Alabama had taken over ownership at times--but Corfman’s circumstances changed significantly around mid-2014.
Leigh Corfman's Financial Situation Improves
Corfman moved into a home owned by a registered Democrat named Michael Ortiz in mid-2014. Ortiz had experienced his own problems, a messy divorce that ended in 2008, a grueling lawsuit against him and his business that same year, and a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy that was finally resolved at the end of 2009. But moving into Ortiz’s upscale home was a definite upgrade for Corfman--Google Map searches of both Corfman’s trailer park address and Ortiz’s home address literally scream “upgrade.” It appears Ortiz also gave her a car--a 1989 Chevy Hatchback. Recently, Corfman appears to have come into enough money to buy a 2009 Chevy Pickup Truck on September 11, 2017 with a MSRP value of $35,000.
It must be noted the Washington Post, nor the rest of the media, have asked any questions regarding Ortiz? He is an essential part of her support system—and in making this effort against Roy Moore. There is no indication Corfman, who’s had financial issues her entire adult life, has any pressing issues at the present time. But how was she able to buy that vehicle? It appears she purchased it outright and has full title.
There are a few matters to clear up regarding the Washington Post article of November 9, 2017 and Leigh Corfman’s interview on NBC News on November 20, 2017
oy Moore was depicted in the Washington Post--and subsequently by the rest of the media--as someone who liked to hang around the Gadsden Mall. Here is the quote that started this theme:
“And he often walked, usually alone, around the newly opened Gadsden Mall--6 feet tall and well-dressed in slacks and a button-down shirt, say several women who worked there at the time.”
In the context of the Washington Post story, it’s hard to escape an image of a well-dressed older predator stalking teenage girls at a mall. A hypocrite to boot since Moore was, and is known as a very religious man. But there is another reason Roy Moore might be walking around the Gadsden Mall in a suit and tie--beyond personal preference. He was the Assistant-District Attorney. The Gadsden City Hall and the Gadsden Police Department were a couple of hundred feet from the Mall. Government employees presumably used the parking around the Gadsden Mall. Roy Moore’s own Office at the County Courthouse was located approximately seven minutes from the Mall. The Gadsden Mall was the center of civic life during those years and probably still is--so it would be common to see City and County officials walking around the Mall during their lunch breaks.
The scope of this piece won’t go too deeply into the “allegations” that Roy Moore was banned from the Gadsden Mall. Those allegations are patently ridiculous. There is no evidence to support them. If an actual restraining order had been filed at the time it would still be in Court records. If a police report had been done it would at least be on microfiche in City records and there would have been a review by the City Attorney and possibly a Court at the time. There would have been media reports at the time because to have an Assistant-District Attorney banned from the largest cultural and civic center in Etowah County—just yards from the Gadsden Police Department’s Headquarters—would have been a major local story--a story that would have been used against Roy Moore in the 1980’s by political opponents. Several executives, managers, and security personnel who worked at the Gadsden Mall during that time period have all denied there was any “banning” of Roy Moore. All of these “allegations” have been 2nd and 3rd hand rumors being created by various people openly affiliated with the local Democrat Party in Gadsden and repeated by the MSM.
Leigh Corfman during the November 20th NBC interview was asked why she didn’t come forward earlier--”Why now?” Her answer was that her kids were small and she was single. She didn’t want to put her children through that kind of “maelstrom that would follow.”
Okay, let’s take Leigh Corfman at her word and give her the benefit of the doubt. In April of 2017 Roy Moore resigned from the Alabama Supreme Court and announced that he was running against Luther Strange for United States Senate. Leigh Corfman was living in Gadsden with Michael Ortiz in relative security. Her daughter was now 26, and her son was then 22. Wouldn’t a better question have been “Why didn’t you come forward in April of 2017?”
Let’s assume that Leigh Corfman wasn’t ready in April of 2017 to come forward. Let’s also assume she felt that Roy Moore might lose the Republican Primary to Luther Strange and that would be the end of him? She says in the NBC interview “This is not political for me, this is personal, it’s very personal.” Fair enough. On September 26, 2017, Roy Moore defeated Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican Primary. Corfman was contacted by the Washington Post.
If it was decided the “allegations” against Roy Moore were credible, there was plenty of time for Roy Moore to be replaced and another Republican candidate chosen to go against Doug Jones in the General Election. That would have allowed Leigh Corfman to keep it “personal” and not “political.” But Leigh Corfman didn’t come forward then either. She waited, along with the Washington Post, until it was impossible to replace Roy Moore. That made it far more than “personal.” That meant Leigh Corfman was risking Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat going to the Democrats.
That also meant, if the Democrats were successful, that Alabama’s voice in the Senate--in the form of Doug Jones--would be a voice in opposition to the majority of Alabama voters. A pro-choice, liberal Democrat helping to block Republican legislation. That would also impact the American people in general, allowing the Democrats more power to essentially shut down Congress until the 2018 mid-term elections. Sounds a bit more than “personal.”
Finally, why wasn’t Leigh Corfman asked “Why didn’t you wait until ‘after’ Moore had won the Senate seat, then come forward?” If this isn’t “political,” and the “allegations” are credible enough, Moore can be kicked out of the Senate and a Republican replacement appointed. This ensures that Alabama voters don’t have their wishes disrespected, and Leigh Corfman keeps it “personal.” No such questions were asked.
Leigh Corfman was asked about her political preference. She stated that she had voted Republican for “years and years.” She also apparently indicated in another interview of voting for Donald Trump. But her current voter registration in Etowah County, Alabama indicates her Party Affiliation as “Not Specified.” Her two previous voter registrations indicate the same thing. Not one reporter has asked to see Leigh Corfman’s voter registration. All of them have simply taken her word for it.
Leigh Corfman told the Washington Post that “...during the late 1990’s she had become so angry that she drove to the parking lot outside Moore’s office at the county courthouse in Gadsden.” But in the NBC interview Corfman changed that time period to 2000/2001? That’s a big difference.
The problem with this time period is Roy Moore was no longer at the 16th Circuit Judicial Court after the first two weeks of 2001--he was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court on January 15, 2001. His office was located in Montgomery, Alabama, not in the County Building in Gadsden. Also you can see Leigh Corfman almost tell the interviewer that she was inside the building, but she caught herself. She then stuck to her story of sitting in the parking lot. But as we’ve already shown, Leigh Corfman had a major civil case in front of the 16th Circuit in 2001. She probably was in the building for her civil case—but Roy Moore was already gone. But it did make a good media image to picture Leigh Corfman seething in a Courthouse parking lot about her “alleged” encounter with Roy Moore over 21 years previously.
She was also never asked if she discussed her “allegations” against Roy Moore with her attorneys at the time--after all, she was about to appear in front of Roy Moore’s colleague in the very building Roy Moore just left. There may have been a conflict of interest? This was certainly something her attorney's would have wanted to know.
Ultimately, it’s up to the voters of Alabama. They will have to look at Roy Moore, look at the “accusers,” put all of this into context, and make the call. This may well come down to what the voters believe to be in the best interest of Alabama and the country--regardless of who they believe. Whichever way the Alabama voters go, two things are certain. On December 13, 2017, the biased and leftwing Mainstream Media will either do a story that says “Alabama Voters Make the Right Call and Vote For Equality,” or “Alabama Voters Go Backwards In Time.” In addition, the “accusers” will disappear--mission accomplished or mission failed.