Rape Kit Lawsuit Refiled in Circuit Court

Three women who filed suit in federal court against Memphis and Shelby County over the untested rape kit backlog have refiled the suit in Shelby County Circuit Court. Attorneys for the women asked the federal court to dismiss the case, which it did last week. The state suit repeats claims made in the original suit but does not include the claim that the backlog violates the U.S. Constitution. The women are seeking class-action status for their claim of negligence, which is based on the state Governmental Tort Liabilities Act. The move does not impact a “Jane Doe” lawsuit working its way through federal court, Memphis Daily News reports.