In his decision, Dankelson said the district is protected by sovereign immunity and that the attorney for Kathy Dukes, William Weber, Pineville, did not prove his claim that the district's liability insurance waived sovereign immunity protection.
Sovereign immunity is a doctrine that says the government cannot commit a legal wrong and cannot be sued. While there are exceptions to sovereign immunity, Dankelson ruled Weber had not found one for this case.
Six days later, Smith took decisive action, placing the alleged victim, Dukes, on paid administrative leave.
A month later, despite a notice that said Dukes' complaint had been confirmed, Smith pressured Dukes into quitting, holding the threat of a bad job reference over her head, according to the lawsuit.