- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia judge says that when he read Rolling Stone’s now-discredited story about a rape at the University of Virginia, he got the impression that a fraternity was the main villain.

Charlottesville Circuit Judge Richard Moore made the remark Tuesday at a hearing on the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity’s $25 million defamation lawsuit against the magazine, its publisher and writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Lawyers for both sides argued over whether a reasonable reader would conclude that gang rape was part of the fraternity’s initiation ritual.

The Daily Progress reports (https://bit.ly/1rTBeDX ) that Moore postponed ruling on the issue. If he rules in the fraternity’s favor, the lawsuit - one of three stemming from the article- will move to the discovery phase. A trial is set for October 2017.


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