A federal judge has called evidence that DeKalb County, Ga., officials discriminated against white county employees “unusually compelling” and is allowing litigation against those officials to proceed to trial.

Despite the decision by U.S. District Judge William S. Duffey Jr., the DeKalb County attorney said Monday that the county had won a “resounding victory” because Duffey dismissed 50 of 80 claims against the five defendants. The highest-ranking defendant is county Chief Executive Officer Vernon Jones.

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