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Constitutional Law Keyed to Farber
United States v. Morrison
Citation:529 U.S. 598 (2000)
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Petitioner Christy Brzonkala, a student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), complained that respondents Antonio Morrison and James Crawford, football-playing students at Virginia Tech, assaulted and repeatedly raped her. Brzonkala filed a complaint against respondents under Virginia Tech’s Sexual Assault Policy. During the school-conducted hearing on her complaint, Morrison admitted having sexual contact with her despite the fact that she had twice hold him “no.” After the hearing, Virginia Tech’s Judicial Committee found insufficient evidence to punish Crawford, but found Morrison guilty of sexual assault and sentenced him to immediate suspension for two semesters. Virginia Tech’s vice president later aside this as too excessive. Brzonkala dropped out of the university and sued it and male students under the Violence Against Women Act, which provides a federal cause of action for the victim of a crime of violence motivated by gender against the perpetrator.
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