Another Delay In Lawsuit Over Untested Rape Kits In Memphis

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Things continue to drag along in a civil lawsuit over untested rape kits in the city of Memphis.

Tuesday morning saw the latest delay, and now both sides will come back to Judge Gina Higgins with more information on two motions.

Attorneys represent about 50 rape victims, who are suing the city after leaders admitted in 2013 that more than 12,000 rape kits sat untested for decades.

The current sticking point is whether the case will be classified as a class action lawsuit, which is the difference between a $700,000 cap in damages, or $10 million.

“Nobody reasonably thinks that thousands of persons should be treated within that narrow cap that relates to, you know, an incident like a car wreck that involves 2 or 3 people,” says Daniel Lofton, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

The judge didn’t set an official date on when both sides will meet again in court.

Former and current Memphis police leaders were deposed in recent months as part of the evidence gathering process.

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