A federal magistrate judge has granted the city of Philadelphia’s motion for judgment as a matter of law in a federal civil rights action brought by a woman who alleged the city’s police department had a policy of customarily closing sexual assault complaints.

The decision reverses a $610,000 jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff who was awarded in May 2006. The plaintiff had argued that the city had been discriminatory by denying equal protection to victims of sexual assaults.

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