Charles Herbster skips deposition in legal battle with Sen. Julie Slama

TECUMSEH, Neb. (KLKN) – Charles Herbster was set to be at the Johnson County Courthouse at 9 a.m. on Friday for a deposition in his legal battle with State Sen. Julie Slama.

That did not happen.

Dave Lopez, the attorney representing Slama, told Channel 8 that his team made three attempts to speak with Herbster’s team on Thursday but were told that he and his attorneys would not show up on Friday.

Lopez said Herbster and others connected to him, including his executive assistant, were legally required to answer questions and make statements under oath.

But attorneys are required to submit notice of a deposition 14 days in advance.  Slama’s attorneys did acknowledge that they only did so 11 days in advance.

But the next day, Slama’s attorneys received a list of conditions from Herbster’s attorney.  And Slama’s attorney say they didn’t get a notice of conflict about the deposition.

Herbster filed a motion to quash on Thursday, which would dismiss Slama’s counter-lawsuit.

In law, quash is defined as asking the judge for an order setting aside or nullifying an action.

Early Friday morning, Charles Herbster tweeted a schedule showing that he planned to be campaigning in western Nebraska all day.

A new hearing was set for the case in early June, well after Tuesday’s primary election.

One item that Herbster’s attorneys plan to bring up then is that the website created to help his accusers appears to be registered in Iceland.

Eight women, including Slama, have accused Herbster of groping them without their consent.

Channel 8 reached out to Herbster’s attorneys for comment and have not yet heard back.

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