Moore Again Demands Accuser Release Her Yearbook

But handwriting experts aren't sure he could prove his signature is a forgery
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2017 1:44 PM CST
Moore Again Demands Accuser Release Her Yearbook
Former Alabama Chief Justice and US Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Embattled Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore again repeated his demand for one of his accusers to release a 1977 yearbook she says shows he pursued a sexual relationship with her when she was 16 and he was 30. "Day 4 of New York attorney Gloria Allred's refusal to turn over her fake yearbook for third party examination," Fox News quotes Moore as tweeting Saturday. Allred is representing Beverly Young Nelson. An inscription in Nelson's yearbook reads, "To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say 'Merry Christmas,'" and is signed with love by Moore. Moore claims the inscription is a forgery and demands a handwriting expert be allowed to examine it. Allred says she'll hand the yearbook over to the Senate Judiciary Committee if it holds hearings on the allegations against Moore.

Even if Moore gets his wish, a handwriting analysis of the yearbook inscription is unlikely to prove anything, FiveThirtyEight reports. While handwriting analysis is still widely admissible in court, a forensic science expert says "there are few, if any, well-designed studies that show how well handwriting analysts can identify a forgery." And a forensic handwriting expert says it's "highly subjective" and "vulnerable to context effects such as expectation and suggestion." Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she will vote for Moore despite having "no reason to disbelieve" his accusers because “we need to have a Republican ... to vote on the things like Supreme Court justices." Two women say they had unwanted sexual encounters with Moore when they were 14 and 16 and he was in his 30s. Others say he pursued them while they were teens. (Read more Roy Moore stories.)

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