AirTalk for August 8, 2013

Can Mayor Bob Filner get a fair trial in San Diego County?

San Diego Mayor

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Many are calling for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign after less than a year in office amid allegations that he sexually harassed women.

San Diego mayor Bob Filner is being sued by his former communications director Irene McCormack Jackson for sexual harassment, but the mayor claims that, because of such intense media interest, he can’t get a fair trial in the county, and he’s requested a change of venue to neighboring Imperial County.

"A change in venue is necessary because publication of the allegations of sexual harassment against Mayor Filner have been so widespread, unrelenting, intense, and outspoken that there is reason to believe that an impartial trial cannot be had in San Diego,” says Filner’s lawyers.But McCormack’s legal representation disagrees. "We believe that the case should be heard and decided by a jury of Mayor Filner's peers who reside in San Diego,'' McCormack Jackson’s lawyer Gloria Allred told the media.

Do you think Filner can get a fair trial in his home county?

Guests:

Stanley Goldman, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Genocide

Gloria Allred, Attorney representing a woman accusing San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of inappropriate sexual advances; Partner with Allred, Maroko & Goldberg law firm based in Los Angeles  


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