Judge issues partial stay in discovery phase of New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation suit
Summary of 4 articles · Updated Oct 16, 2012
Magistrate Judge Daniel Knowles granted, in part, a motion to enforce a stay of the discovery phase inNew Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The order by Magistrate Daniel Knowles on Tuesday came in response to suspended linebacker Jonathan Vilma's efforts to initiate the discovery process in his defamation case against the commissioner. Knowles’ order is something of a compromise: Lawyers for Jonathan Vilma had asked the judge to order the NFL to give the evidence directly to Vilma, but Knowles said he’ll look at it first before determining whether the league is required to let Vilma see it. A federal magistrate judge has ordered NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to provide the court with documents related to the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints. The players' lawsuits contend that Goodell is incapable of acting as a neutral arbitrator in the bounty matter, in large part because his public statements soon after the NFL's investigation was made public last March indicated that he already had determined the guilt of the players before the disciplinary process began.
The four players who were suspended as a result of the league’s investigation into the Saints’ bounty program have always said they want to see all the evidence. Now a judge has said he wants to see the evidence, too. Magistrate Daniel Knowles has tol