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Supreme Court refuses to hear Dorrance case
by Paul Kennedy, October 2nd, 2007 8AM

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Nine years after she was cut from the University of North Carolina women's team, Melissa Jennings may finally get her day in court.

The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for a jury trial, denying a petition Monday to hear arguments in the sexual harassment case against legendary UNC coach Anson Dorrance.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a jury should hear the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Jennings against her coach. Jennings accused Dorrance of sexually harassing team members by asking about their sexual activity.

In October 2004, U.S. District Court Judge N. Carlton Tilley Jr. had dismissed Jennings' lawsuit. A three-member court of appeals also found again in favor of UNC, Dorrance and company, but a rare review by the full court overturned Tilley's summary judgment as it related to Jennings' Title IX claim, saying sufficient facts existed for Jennings to have her case heard by a jury.

"The delays are over," Jennings' attorney, Daniel Konicek of Geneva, Ill., told AP. "Now she's prepared more than ever to see it through."

Former UNC star Debbie Keller also sued Dorrance and the university and settled for a reported $70,000 and an agreement that Dorrance would receive sensitivity training.

Dorrance has won 19 national championships in 27 seasons with the Tar Heels.



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