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Judge rules that 4 defendants in UMass rape case can be tried together, with conditions


NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts — A judge has ruled that four men charged with raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst dorm room two years ago can be tried together, but with one major restriction.

The Republican ( ) reports that the Hampshire Superior Court judge told defense attorneys Thursday that she is allowing a motion by prosecutors to join the four cases, but she is redacting transcripts of police interviews with the defendants so they do not incriminate each other. That decision complicates the strategy for prosecutors, who may decide too much evidence is lost.

Prosecutors must decide by a Nov. 23 status conference whether to try the four men together.

The defendants want to be tried separately.

They were not UMass students, but knew the woman. Their lawyers say the sex was consensual.

Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican,

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