Lawyers want public trial in contractor assault case

March 6, 2008 7:48:51 AM PST
Lawyers for a woman who says she was raped by co-workers while employed by a Halliburton subsidiary in Iraq -- want a public trial. Those attorneys today told a judge in Houston they believe her case over the alleged 2005 attack should not go through a private arbitration process.

But attorneys for Halliburton and former subsidiary KBR argued the woman signed a contract that binds her to settle all claims against her former employer -- through arbitration.

U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison didn't immediately rule.

Jamie Leigh Jones is a former Conroe resident who filed a federal lawsuit in May.

Jones says she was raped by co-workers while working for a Halliburton subsidiary at Camp Hope, Baghdad.

Attorneys for Halliburton, KBR and other subsidiaries that have been sued dispute the allegations.

The attack was alleged to have happened in Halliburton-provided barracks.

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