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$350,000 Awarded in Pennsylvania False Rape Charges

The plaintiff in this case was accused of raping the defendant at
knife point in January 1985. The plaintiff was convicted and sentenced to
7.5 to 15 years in prison. The defendant claimed she received threatening
letters and phone calls at the Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), where
she worked, that said she would be kidnapped by the family of the
plaintiff until his release. Subsequent wiretaps proved the defendant
made the calls and sent the letters. Based on this information, the
prosecutor dismissed the rape charges after plaintiff spent 10 months in
prison. WOAR settled out of court for an unknown sum the claims against
it. The defendant was in default and the court awarded the plaintiff
$350,000 in November 1991, which included $200,000 punitive damages.
Plaintiff was represented by John K. Lieberman of Philadelphia. See:
Goodson v. Stein, Philadelphia County Court, Case No. Oct '87 term 1997.

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