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.)


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 128900213 - local8now.com/a?a=128900213
Gray Television, Inc.