From the NY Post:
Disgraced former City Council Member Dennis Gallagher — who beat criminal charges of raping a woman in his office — scored another big victory when an appeals court threw out the same claim in her lawsuit.
The judge ruled Wednesday that Gallagher was not liable for rape in the civil matter because he didn’t plead guilty to that charge in his sensational criminal case.
In August 2007, the married father of two was indicted on charges that he raped and beat Jacqueline Morrow, 52, in his Middle Village, Queens, office. The two had first met at a bar.
Morrow, a grandmother who worked as a cook in a Queens Catholic church, said the attack left her with torn cartilage in her knee, bruises all over her body and emotional scars.
A judge threw out the rape charge and Gallagher pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sex charges and had to have alcohol counseling.
Morrow quickly filed the civil suit claiming that Gallagher had raped her and asking for unspecified damages, including medical expenses.
In early 2013, a Queens Supreme Court judge found that Gallagher could still be found civilly liable for rape, but the appeals court has overturned that ruling.
“This decision vindicates him from that heinous and false allegation,” Gallagher’s attorney, Keith Sullivan, said in a statement.