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Trial set for Phenix City officer's discrimination claim

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has scheduled trial for a lawsuit filed by a Phenix City police sergeant who claims she's been excluded from the department's "good-old-boy network."

Sgt. Christina J. Presley, a 14-year veteran of the force, has sued the city because she say she lost an impending promotion and was suspended in 2009 for disobeying orders and refusing to jail a drunken man suspected of second-degree assault with a box cutter. Presley says she couldn't in good conscience charge the man because the investigation revealed he acted in self-defense.

U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller ruled last week that Presley's claim has enough merit to be decided by a jury. A pre-trial conference is scheduled this week. The case has been set for trial April 16 in federal court in Opelika.

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