Judge Hall Orders UAH to Lower Fees for Bishop Trial Evidence
Madison County Circuit Judge, Ruth Ann Hall, declared during the Feb. 1 hearing that UAHuntsville must provide the documents that the plaintiffs requested at a reasonable cost.
The plaintiffs declared and requested that Hall ask UAH for the emails, phone logs and police records from a specific group of people during the months leading up to the shooting. For this information, UAH had previously asked plaintiffs for thousands of dollars, which the plaintiffs claimed was inflated.
According to AL.com, Bishop had previously indicated to the court that she would file an appeal for the case; because of this, Hall extended the deadline for the appeal until Feb. 11.
During the hearing, UAH and Karbhari attorney, Jay Ezelle, said that the plaintiffs are looking for evidence that is not there to keep the case in the discovery phase. He declared that Bishop’s affidavit stating that Karbhari and former UAH President left campus on a police escort after learning she wanted to discuss the tenure denial with them, also states that Bishop “sees dead people.”
Ezelle argues that Karbhari should be removed as a defendant. He also said: “The question is whether Dr. Karbhari had any kind of knowledge of Dr. Bishop committing murder on Feb. 12. And he absolutely did not. ”
Judge Hall gave the plaintiffs 30 days to decide what a “reasonable fee” from UAH could be and negotiate that with the court. Hall’s suggestion to decrease the pool of information provided included only looking for emails and records with words like “Bishop,” “Security” or “Police.”