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Full court will hear appeal to move Roethlisberger to Douglas

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The entire Nevada Supreme Court will hear an appeal that could lead to the sexual assault lawsuit filed against Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being heard in Douglas County.

The lawsuit was filed in Washoe County, but attorneys for Roethlisberger want it heard in Douglas, where the incident allegedly occurred.

In a one-page memo released today, Chief Justice Michael Douglas said the entire court would hear the appeal and that there would be no oral arguments.

“Roethlisberger submitted overwhelming and undisputed evidence that the convenience of the witnesses would be served by transfer to Douglas County because the vast majority of those witnesses reside in Douglas County, and nearly all of the events alleged in Respondent’s complaint occurred in Douglas County. Roethlisberger has also demonstrated that the ends of justice would be served by transfer, due to the comparative conditions of the Washoe and Douglas County dockets,” said the appeal filed last November.

Gardnerville resident Andrea McNulty accused Roethlisberger of rape in a civil lawsuit she filed July 17, 2009, in Washoe District Court.

She claims the attack took place during the July 2008 American Century Championship golf tournament at Edgewood Golf Course. She was employed at Harrah’s Tahoe as a VIP casino host where Roethlisberger was a guest.

McNulty said in her lawsuit she never filed a criminal complaint against Roethlisberger because casino officials pressured her into keeping quiet.

The two-time Super Bowl winner denied the allegations.