Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 44° Partly Cloudy

Rape Case Dismissed

Compiled From Wire Services

In a decision that dismissed a rape case involving two Virginia Tech football players, a judge ruled that Congress exceeded its authority by enacting a law that lets women sue their attackers in federal court.

Christy Brzonkala, the first woman to sue under the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, claimed the two players raped her in their dormitory suite in 1994.

She sought $10 million from reserve linebacker Antonio Morrison and unspecified damages against defensive back James Crawford. The judge earlier this year dismissed Virginia Tech and a third player, Cornell Brown, from the lawsuit.

Brzonkala contended the attack was motivated by their hatred of women and was not a random act of violence.

U.S. District Judge Jackson Kiser ruled gender discrimination is not like racial bias, so the 1994 law patterned after the Civil Rights Act is unconstitutional.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the sports newsletter

Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.