Senator Bryce Reeves, a candidate for Lt. Governor, is asking a Stafford County judge to allow his lawyers to question and review documents of his opponent Senator Jill Vogel’s neighbors and two Republican activists. Reeves believes they may have some knowledge of emails sent from Vogel’s IP alleging an affair between Reeves and a campaign aide.
Reeves is trying to determine who sent the emails and he believes the Vogel neighbors, James and Lisa Gable, and Republican activists, Waverly Woods of
Chesapeake Virginia Beach and Ron Hedlund of Glen Allen, may have knowledge of who sent the emails. The Gables have maintained that they were out of town the weekend the emails were sent from an IP address shared by the Gables and Vogels.
The court filing states Hedlund and Woods have knowledge of the email and they have “repeated the false and defamatory allegation that Senator Reeves had engaged in an extramarital affair with one of his campaign aides.” Vogel repeated the rumor, reporting it as “something others are saying” but not her, of course. Defamation is a serious charge.
Hedlund’s and Wood’s attorney insist they have no information relevant to the case. They believe Reeves and his lawyers are “abusing the civil discovery process to harass them”.
A judge appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia will hear the case.
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