Politics & Government

Judge recuses herself from defamation lawsuit regarding campaign ad in state Senate race

Ralph Alvarado, left, and R.J. Palmer
Ralph Alvarado, left, and R.J. Palmer

WINCHESTER — Republican state Senate candidate Ralph Alvarado's defamation lawsuit against his Democratic opponent, state Senate Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer, will wait another day for a hearing.

A hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, but Clark Circuit Judge Jean Logue told lawyers in the case she had to recuse herself because of an unspecified potential conflict.

A new hearing has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday before Scott Circuit Judge Robert Johnson in Georgetown.

Alvarado, a Winchester physician, sued Palmer, Palmer's re-election campaign, political consultant Dale Emmons and Emmons' company this week for defamation involving a TV campaign ad.

The GOP candidate, who lost to Palmer in a close race in 2010, is seeking a court order to stop the ad and provide damages for loss of reputation.

Alvarado's lawsuit said the ad used spliced courtroom footage to falsely portray him as a doctor who knowingly prescribed pain pills to a drug dealer. Palmer's campaign said the lawsuit had no merit.

Voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide who will represent the 28th Senate District for the next four years. The district includes Clark and Montgomery counties and part of northern Fayette County.

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