CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge is allowing a former student at Sewanee: The University of the South to be identified only as "John Doe" at a trial on his damage lawsuit that contends the university mistreated him after a female student accused him of raping her in his dorm room.
U.S. District Judge Sandy Mattice said during selection of seven women and two men as jurors Tuesday that the unusual secrecy with the name of the plaintiff who is seeking breach of contract damages is irrelevant.
The plaintiff who was in the Chattanooga courtroom with his attorneys contends the university harmed his reputation and career prospects by improperly deciding he violated its sexual assault policy early in the fall 2008 semester.
The judge said the trial will likely take a week.
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