Tribune-Courier General Manager
Commonwealth Circuit Judge Dennis Foust last week granted a change of venue motion in the slander suit filed by State Representative Will Coursey. In his ruling, Foust moved the case to Franklin Circuit Court.
Coursey’s attorney, Mark Edwards, had filed the countersuit claiming slander/libel/defamation of character in Marshall County Circuit Court last October. The suit was in response to a complaint by a state Capitol employee.
In December an attorney for Coursey’s accuser, Nicole Cusic, petitioned the court to move the countersuit to the central-Kentucky court, arguing it be filed where the alleged slander took place.
Cusic, a former legislative assistant in Coursey’s Frankfort office, filed suit in Franklin Circuit Court in Sept. alleging retaliation when she confronted Coursey about harassing behavior toward female interns of the Legislative Research Council in February 2012.
Coursey has vehemently denied Cusic’s accusations, saying claims were made to harm his political reputation through dissemination of malicious statements that were reported through media outlets.