Closing arguments in lawsuit seeking rape damages

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- An attorney for a former student at Sewanee: The University of the South has told a federal court jury his client deserves more than $5 million for damages caused by the university's handling of a campus rape investigation.

Attorney Charles Wayne told the panel of seven women and two men in closing arguments that testimony has shown that a flawed disciplinary process led the university to find that his client was responsible for raping a female student in his dorm room in 2008.

An attorney for the university, Rosemarie Bryan, told the jurors in Chattanooga there is no evidence that anything from the disciplinary process has unfairly harmed the former student, who contends the female student consented to having sex.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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