Report: Agnes Scott sexual assault trial begins
A trial is underway to determine whether Agnes Scott should be held liable for the wrongful arrest of a woman accused of sexual assault.
If the Decatur women’s college loses the suit, it could be on the hook for millions, according to the Courtroom View Network.
In 2009 an Agnes Scott student falsely accused University of Tennessee student Amanda Hartley of sexually assaulting her in her dorm room at Agnes Scott. On the basis of those allegations, Hartley was extradited to DeKalb County from Tennessee and held in the jail for three weeks. Hartley provided proof she was in Tennessee at the time of the alleged incident, and prosecutors dropped the charges.
Agnes Scott tried to argue its officers were legally immune from liability over the incident, but in 2014 the state Supreme Court disagreed.
According to CVN, Hartley’s attorney argued that Agnes Scott’s officers abused their power and conducted a reckless investigation, then lied about their actions. Agnes Scott’s attorneys argued that the police officers were justified in seeking a warrant for Harltey’s arrest. They are also questioning Hartley’s credibility.
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