Attorney Wants Mistrial Declared in Vanderbilt Rape Case

An attorney for one of the ex-Vanderbilt University football players convicted of raping an unconscious fellow student says he will ask that a mistrial be declared after learning that a jury member was a rape victim.

Fletcher Long says the juror was asked during jury selection about past experience with the criminal justice system, as either a victim or defendant. Long says the juror failed to disclose the rape.

Long said the person “lied to get on the jury” and “got on with an agenda.”

The juror’s attorney, Sunny Eaton, said her client did not make misrepresentations. Eaton said the juror’s past had “no impact whatsoever” on decision-making at trial.

A spokeswoman for prosecutors said they do not believe the issue will overturn the verdict.

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