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Law Prof Who Was Falsely Accused of Rape Wins Defamation Case

Law Prof Who Was Falsely Accused of Rape Wins Defamation Case

“It is believed to be the largest defamation judgement in Minnesota.”

This is a reminder of how a false accusation can ruin a person’s life.

FOX 9 News reports:

Law professor falsely accused of rape, wins defamation case

A University of Minnesota Law School professor, Francesco Parisi, has won a nearly $1.2 million defamation case against a woman who had falsely accused him of rape.

In his blistering ruling on Tuesday, Hennepin County Judge Daniel Moreno wrote that Parisi’s former lover, Morgan Wright, had pursued an “untruthful narrative crusade,” and her “accusations were false, and made with malice.”

It is believed to be the largest defamation judgement in Minnesota. The vast majority of the judgement, $814,514 is for economic losses, as well as reputational and emotional damages. Only $100,000 was for punitive damages.

Parisi walked out of jail three years ago, his life in shambles.

He was criminally charged with raping Wright and trying to run over her with his car. While in jail for three weeks, with his bail set at a half-million dollars, his mother died in his native Italy.

Days later, the Hennepin County Attorney would drop charges because of insufficient evidence. Prosecutors privately conceded there was no evidence.

But the damage was already done.

“It was a horror movie,” said Parisi.


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healthguyfsu | May 22, 2020 at 12:04 pm

It’s not nearly as easy to win that case if you are a public figure, though.

    Edward in reply to healthguyfsu. | May 22, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    It isn’t easy to win this type of case under most circumstances. The facts in this case apparently were particularly egregious.

      healthguyfsu in reply to Edward. | May 22, 2020 at 1:30 pm

      He still didn’t get much in the way of punitive damages, which is a travesty in and of itself. He lost his mother while incarcerated to this b*tch’s vindictive acts.

What is the monetary value of a million dollar judgment? It’s only as valuable as the defendant’s ability to pay it.

MattLauersNob | May 22, 2020 at 4:29 pm

Good luck collecting. I wonder what his legal bill is.

The only difference was it was a professor of law and not a student. Students aren’t allowed legal counsel or access to our justice system where their rights are protected.