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But are we really required to underwrite a campaign of slut-shaming or victim-blaming? And are we actually subsidizing an effort to countersue Gibson and her attorney, Lynne Cadigan — an effort that essentially blames Gibson for crimes that Carter is accused of committing against her?
This goes back, as you may know, to the conflict that exploded into public view in Tucson in May Carter, an assistant track coach at the UA, was arrested and accused of committing four felonies, including aggravated assault and stalking, against Gibson, one of the athletes he coached.
That criminal case is, almost inexplicably, ongoing, more than two years later.
I just have this feeling you need to suffer. While this seems to be a slam-dunk criminal case, the civil suit is more complicated and has become downright nasty, as well as costly. Carter says the relationship was between two consenting adults.
That claim alleges the athlete and her attorney defamed Carter by saying publicly that the relationship amounted to sexual assault and abuse, that they cast him in a false light and that they intentionally inflicted emotional distress on Carter and his wife, Jo-Anne. So I spoke with five Arizona attorneys Thursday and Friday about this question of segregating the costs.
In other words, it would be hard for taxpayers to avoid subsidizing the lawsuit the Carters have filed against the athlete Gibson and her attorney Cadigan. Now, it may be possible when the case is done to allocate a percentage of overlapping costs to the civil-suit defense and another percentage to the counterclaim, as Tucson attorney Rick Gonzales suggested to me.
But Portell, who acknowledged he has tangled with Munger ly, suggested an alternative that I found appealing.
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