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Virginia rape victim will get day in court, judges rule

A federal appeals court has agreed to consider the case of a woman who said she was raped by two Virginia Tech football players.

In December, a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that Christy Brzonkala should get a trial on her claims against the university and the two men. The panel also upheld the constitutionality of the law on which the lawsuit was based, the 1994 Violence Against Women Act.The Virginia attorney general, representing the school, asked the full appellate court to hear the case. The court agreed on Thursday, setting oral arguments for March 3.

The law allows victims of gender-based crimes to sue their attackers in federal court for civil-rights violations.