A federal judge has dismissed a state legislator and a county sheriff as defendants in a suit filed by a former Kennesaw State University cheerleader who contended she was removed from the squad after kneeling during the national anthem at a 2017 has football game.

But Judge Timothy Batten of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has so far left intact claims by former KSU cheerleader Tommia Dean against former KSU President Sam Olens, who was also the state’s former attorney general and is now a Dentons partner in Atlanta, and members of the university athletics department.  The KSU defendants have not asked the court to dismiss the claims against them. 

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