The Latest: Rolling Stone trial to go the jury Wednesday

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Posted: Nov 01, 2016 6:51 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine over its botched story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Attorneys have made their final pitches in the $7.5 million defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine over its discredited story about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia.

University administrator Nicole Eramo claims the article about the alleged sexual assault of a woman identified only as "Jackie" portrayed her as its "chief villain." Police found no evidence to back up Jackie's claims.

Attorneys presented their closing arguments in the case Tuesday. Jurors are expected to begin deliberating Wednesday.

An attorney for Eramo argued that article author Sabrina Rubin Erdely was an agenda-driven reporter with little regard for facts. But an attorney for Rolling Stone said there is no evidence Rolling Stone knew what it was publishing about Eramo was false or harbored reasonable doubts about whether it was true.

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3:30 p.m.

A lawyer for Rolling Stone said there is no evidence the magazine knew a botched story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia was false before publishing it.

Attorney Scott Sexton made the comments during closing arguments in the trial.

University administrator Nicole Eramo is seeking $7.5 million from the magazine over its portrayal of her in the 2014 story "A Rape on Campus" about the sexual assault of the woman identified only as "Jackie." A police investigation found no evidence to back up Jackie's claims.

Eramo must prove that Rolling Stone knew what it was writing about her was false or should have known it was false. Attorneys for Rolling Stone have argued they had full faith in Jackie as a source and never doubted her credibility.

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12:10 p.m.

Closing arguments are underway in the defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine over its botched story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia.

University administrator Nicole Eramo is seeking $7.5 million from the magazine over its portrayal of her in the 2014 story "A Rape on Campus" about the sexual assault of the woman identified only as "Jackie." A police investigation found no evidence to back up Jackie's claims.

Eramo's attorney, Tom Clare, said "this case is about journalism" and not whether Jackie was sexually assaulted. Clare said the story's author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, ignored facts and sources that would have disproved her preconceived story line.

Attorneys for Rolling Stone are expected to give their closing arguments later Tuesday.

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3:33 a.m.

Attorneys will make their closing arguments in the defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine over its botched story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia.

Closing arguments are expected Tuesday before jurors begin deliberating.

University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo is seeking $7.5 million from the magazine over its portrayal of her in the 2014 story "A Rape on Campus" about the sexual assault of the woman identified only as "Jackie."

A police investigation found no evidence to back up Jackie's claims.

Eramo must prove that Rolling Stone knew what it was writing about her was false or should have known it was false. Attorneys for Rolling Stone have argued that they had full faith in Jackie as a source and never doubted her credibility.