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Judge Hears Evidence on Moore's Removal

Board Member Rochelle Moore
(SLPS photo)
Board Member Rochelle Moore

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis – A St. Louis circuit court judge will decide whether city school board member Rochell Moore should be removed from her position on the board.

Judge David L. Dowd heard testimony Friday from eight witnesses, including school board member Amy Hilgemann, who says Moore frequently threatened her and on one occasion struck her on the forehead.

Plaintiff's attorney Thomas Carnes is trying to prove Moore committed gross misconduct, an offense that allows for her removal under state law.

"Not only did we establish the conduct that we complained of, Ms. Moore admits it," Carnes said. "Her defense is, 'reprehensible but not guilty, your honor.' There comes a point when these matters have to be put to an end. Our hope is that the court will end it with this case."

The defense counters Moore's actions do not rise to the level of gross misconduct.

The judge is expected to rule on the matter within two weeks.