Judge rules in favor of victims of the Webb hearing

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that a federal appeals court should hear a case that has been years in the making involving the testimony of three women who were raped by a man who is accused of covering up for him.

The justices decided the case could go to trial if the defendants agree to a $15 million payout from the government for the wrongful death of a woman and for the rape of another woman in a rural Georgia county.

The hearing was first filed in April, and the parties had been negotiating for more than two years.

The women were found dead in 2011 after being raped and stabbed.

In January, a jury convicted the man, Andrew Webb, of first-degree murder and sentenced him to life in prison.

The men are scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 16.

Webb was released from prison in September 2016, but he is currently being held in solitary confinement at the U.F.O. prison in Florida.

The cases have been the subject of intense scrutiny in recent years and the high court has heard arguments from multiple sides, and in May, it decided not to hear any appeals.

Read more about the Webb case here.

In a decision released Friday, the court said it would decide whether the defendants should be allowed to go to court if the plaintiffs and their attorneys agree to settle the case.

The court said that settlement offers are “generally accepted as acceptable by both sides and would not result in a substantial departure from the accepted terms.”

The appeals court said in a separate ruling Friday that the plaintiffs should be given the option of filing an amended complaint that could include a more detailed statement of facts.

The plaintiffs in the case, all women, are from rural Georgia counties, and their attorney, Richard R. Siegel, argued in a motion to dismiss the lawsuit that the new complaint would create a “distressingly unfair and unnecessary risk of delay” to the parties’ ability to meet their burden of proof.

The new complaint was filed Friday, and it said that if Webb’s lawyers agree to the settlement, the trial would be scheduled to begin in December.

The case has been a subject of much controversy for the last several years.

It is part of a broader debate over whether federal court judges should be involved in the civil proceedings of people accused of crimes and whether judges should take the lead in resolving cases that are pending in the criminal justice system.

The decision to hear the case comes at a time of heightened scrutiny over the criminal proceedings of women who have accused powerful men of sexual assault.

In May, the U:Justice website published a list of 10 women who are suing powerful men and organizations in the wake of a damning series of sexual assaults in which a former Fox News anchor was sexually assaulted.

Earlier this month, a New York City police officer was fired after an internal affairs investigation found he engaged in sexual harassment and discrimination toward women, including groping and asking for dates and places to go.

He was suspended for 30 days after the probe, but the New York Times reported Friday that prosecutors in that case have decided to drop their investigation and not pursue criminal charges.