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Prosecutors seek to avoid mistrial in Vanderbilt rape case

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Prosecutors have asked a Nashville judge not to declare a mistrial in the case of two former Vanderbilt football players convicted in the dorm room rape of a student.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1L47zic ) reports that prosecutors have rebutted defense attorneys' arguments that one juror intentionally did not disclose he was a statutory rape victim.

In a response unsealed Thursday by Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins, prosecutors say the juror never considered himself a victim and made no attempts to sway other jury members who heard the Vanderbilt case.

Watkins is expected to hear defense motions on Monday for a new trial for 21-year-olds Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey. Both were convicted in January of multiple counts of aggravated rape and sexual battery for the 2013 assault of an unconscious female student.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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