Jamie Leigh Jones Finally Gets Her Day in Court Against KBR

Jamie Leigh Jones's fight finally finds a courtroom.
Jamie Leigh Jones's fight finally finds a courtroom.

After years of delays, today Jamie Leigh Jones is finally getting her day in court against Halliburton and KBR.

Jones -- we've done a number of stories on her -- has become famous through her attempts to hold the company responsible for the gang rape she says she endured in Iraq.

KBR tried to get the case tossed out by saying her claims were an employment issue and her contract called for such disputes to be resolved through mediation, but even the business-friendly 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that claim.

KBR's legal move led to a classic moment in Minnesota Senator Al Franken's career, as he spoke forcefully on the subject and got an amendment to a defense-spending bill that banned companies from being paid if they barred rape cases from going to court.

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In opening statements today, one of Jones's attorneys told jurors in a Houston federal court that KBR had a history of a hostile work environment for women, the Associated Press says.

The trial is expected to last three weeks. A KBR attorney told the AP the defendants "welcome the opportunity to present what really happened in Iraq."

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