Monthly Archives: July 2011

Jamie Leigh Jones Loses Her Rape Case in Court

The news this week brings a reminder that while mandatory arbitration infringes on employees’ rights to a full trial in court, sometimes a full trial in court is no great shakes either. Jamie Leigh Jones, the Halliburton employee who accused seven of her co-workers of brutally raping her, lost her case when a jury ruled that the sex was consensual. One of Jones’s attorneys suggested that the verdict may have been different if the jury had been allowed to hear evidence about “her rapist’s criminal history, including violence against women.” He said that the jury did hear evidence about Jones’s “entire personal history.”

This story may not be over: I expect that Jones’s attorneys will appeal the verdict based on those evidentiary decisions and possibly on other grounds as well.

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