3 Victims Of Memphis Serial Rapist File New Lawsuit


3 Victims Of Memphis Serial Rapist File New Lawsuit

By Tiffany Johnson. CREATED Aug 26, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Three women who were victims of a serial rapist in Memphis have filed a new lawsuit in state court alleging city and county officials were negligent by allowing thousands of rape kits to go untested for years. The action comes as they drop similar claims in federal court.

Attorney Daniel Lofton, who is representing the women, told The Commercial Appeal that the new suit would avoid the "shakier ground" in federal court, which doesn't have the same legal precedent for the alleged constitutional violations.

He said the new lawsuit seeks relief under a state law that allows people to sue government officials for negligence.

County Attorney Marcy Ingram the county does not comment on pending litigation.

City spokeswoman Dewanna Lofton said in a statement that the city would seek dismissal of lawsuit.

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