Judge agrees to postpone retrial in Vanderbilt rape case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Nashville judge has postponed the trial of two former Vanderbilt football players who were convicted of rape but ordered to face another trial after the convictions were thrown out on appeal.

The delay comes in spite of objections of prosecutors, who argued that it will be difficult for the alleged victim.

Former players Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey had been scheduled to be tried again on Nov. 30.

A jury convicted them in January of raping an unconscious female student in a dorm room at the Nashville school. The verdicts were later thrown out after it was revealed that a juror failed to disclose that he had been a victim of statutory rape.

Prosecutors, during a hearing Monday in Nashville, argued that there were many reasons why the trial should not be postponed.

“But of even greater importance is that there is a victim in this case,” Assistant District Attorney Jan Norman told the judge. She said the woman had already planned to come back to Tennessee next month.

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