Judge Denies Motions To Delay Civil Trials Against Bishop


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

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A Madison County judge says there will be no delay in one of the civil cases against Amy Bishop.  He also set a trial date for March 2014.

Judge William Bell denied two motions on Friday to delay the civil cases while Bishop appeals her criminal case.  Bishop pleaded guilty to murder in September 2012, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole, but is now appealing her guilty plea.

Lawyers for Amy Bishop appeared in court to ask that the civil cases be delayed in the meantime.  Judge Bell denied the motions.

Friday afternoon, lawyers representing Dr. Joseph Leahy, Stephanie Monticciolo, and Dr. Deb Moriarity all appeared in court to push for the cases to proceed on schedule.

Tommy Siniard is representing Moriarity.  Gary Conchin is representing Monticciolo.  The firm of Moores, King, and Hodge is representing Leahy.

Those three plaintiffs will have their cases tried together in March 2014.

The civil case involving the UAHuntsville Provost will most likely be handled separately from the cases of the three professors.

Monticciolo and Leahy were both badly injured in the February 2010 shootings at UAHuntsville.

Lawyers involved in the criminal and civil cases were present.  Lawyers representing Bishop in the civil case said they have not been able to interview Bishop, or her husband, James Anderson for the discovery process.  Judge Bell said they should get started.

Judge Bell set a trial date of March 10, 2014 for the Leahy & Monticciolo cases.  He said the cases will be tried together.

Judge Bell added in court that he planned to retire in 2015, and wants to have all this handled before then.

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