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Black Law Firm Wins Largest Jury Verdict For Rape In U.S. History

A Black law firm made history this week when a jury awarded $1 billion in damages to a victim of sexual assault. The Tuesday verdict in the case of Hope Cheston set a national record for a pay out from a rape case, Chris Stewart, of Stewart, Seay & Felton Trial Attorneys, LLC, told NewsOne exclusively.

“There is no ceiling on the value of a woman who has been raped. Period. Just because you don’t see the scars doesn’t mean she’s healed,” said Stewart, who handled the case.

On October 14, 2012, 14-year-old Cheston was at Pointe South apartments in Clayton County, Georgia, for a birthday party and sleepover. As the children were outside playing, a 22-year-old security guard named Brandon Lamar Zachary raped Cheston in a picnic area in front of another child. After the assault, Cheston was in shock, barely speaking and her mother was called. Cheston told her mother she was assaulted and the police were contacted, leading to Zachary’s arrest for the assault. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Almost six years after the assault, Stewart secured the historic verdict.

“This verdict stands for the value of victims of rape and sends a message to those responsible,” Stewarts said. “We pay hundreds of millions of dollars to athletes. Social media apps are worth billions, yet rape isn’t.”


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