Judge Hears Arguments About Document Request In Bishop Civil Lawsuit


Amy Bishop, at the Madison County Courthouse in 2012. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - There was a hearing Friday afternoon in regards to one of the civil lawsuits filed against Amy Bishop.

Madison County Circuit Judge Ruth Ann Hall heard arguments about documents some of the plaintiffs are seeking from UAHuntsville.

The plaintiffs want hundreds of documents, phone records and other evidence for their lawsuit against Bishop, her husband, James Anderson, and UAHuntsville Provost Dr. Vistasp Karbhari.  UAHuntsville said the cost to provide these documents would exceed $1 million.

The plaintiffs argued the cost was unreasonable. On Friday, Judge Hall told the plaintiffs they had 30 days to provide more evidence the cost was unreasonable by submitting cost estimates from vendors who provide the same service.

Judge Hall said she would not issue a ruling on whether or not to release the documents until that evidence is provided to her and she reviews it.

Attorneys for two of the victims, in a court filing, recently revealed new allegations about what happened before the February 2010 shootings.

The filing cites a Bishop affidavit in which she claims university administrators sought police protection when they found out Bishop wished to speak with them about her tenure denial in the Spring of 2009.

Our news partner The Huntsville Times broke this story on Thursday.  Reporter Brian Lawson says one thing he's found prevalent throughout this case is UAHuntsville's view of the shootings as a tragedy first and foremost, and a public relations challenge later.

Amy Bishop is serving a sentence of life without parole after pleading guilty in the criminal case last year.  She has appealed her guilty plea, however.

Read more coverage from WHNT News 19 on the Amy Bishop case.

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