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Arizona Senate Candidate Don Shooter Believes Full Sexual Harassment Report Will Clear His Name

Don Shooter
Don Shooter.

Attorneys who handled the sexual harassment investigation of former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter are balking at his bid to get the full report and all the documents used to prepare it.

Letters obtained by Capitol Media Services show House of Representatives attorney Gregory Falls has contended anything that hasn't already been made public is protected by attorney-client privileges and by the fact that the papers are "work product."

Falls has accused the embattled Shooter, who is now running for state senate, of going on a "fishing expedition" to get information far beyond what he needs to defend himself in a civil lawsuit.

Earlier this year, an overwhelming number of house members voted to remove Shooter from office after investigators confirmed complaints by fellow lawmaker Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita and other co-workers of sexual harassment.

House Speaker J.D. Mesnard sought an investigation on the women's behalf and found, "credible evidence" that Shooter had violated House policy on sexual harassment.

Shooter wants to clear his name as he runs for a new seat in the higher chamber and accused Mesnard of revealing "only a partial and modified version" of the report to fellow House members.  The former Yuma lawmaker believes portions withheld from that report would exonerate him.

Ugenti-Rita later filed a civil lawsuit against Shooter for slander, libel, battery and negligence. He filed a counterclaim against her for defamation.

His attorneys claim that civil suit allows Shooter to subpoena the full report and related documents in the investigation.

Mesnard agreed to release the documents to law enforcement under a court ordered subpoena, but said he will not otherwise in order to protect victims and others whose names have not become public.

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Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.