UT Appeals Attack Judgment

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The University of Tennessee continues to appeal a $300,000 judgment to a former student who was attacked on the campus five years ago.

Jessica Smith was left permanently brain-damaged when her assailant struck her with a brick while she walked from a parking garage to her dorm at night.

University attorneys are still arguing that the university had no legal duty to protect her and that no one could predict if better lighting would have prevented the crime.

The parties were arguing the merits of the judgment before the state Court of Appeals in Knoxville.

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